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Posts published in October 2011

DeafDigest – 30 October 2011

DeafDigest Gold – October 30, 2011

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription at no cost to you

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-people-described-as-zoo/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-nightmare-with-relay/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-asl-deaf-communications/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaflympics-deaf-culture/

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

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; 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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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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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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

From time to time we have a deaf student in a

medical school. The latest one is Mark Leekoff, taking classes at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is the school’s first deaf student. He comes to the school with a degree in Biology from Tufts University, Medford, MA with an award for academic excellence.

A deaf Briton raised the issue of juries. It is because deaf people are not allowed to serve on a jury, and this deaf man is planning to mount a legal challenge despite previous unsuccessful challenge efforts.

– Very Hot News

L K Venkat, not deaf and a law school graduate, has filed a petition in the Madras High Court (India) the law that would not permit the deaf to run for public office. His argument was denial of equal opportunity for the deaf.

– Thursday October 27th

A deaf Australian writer posted on her web site:

Most adults who go deaf feel incredibly alone. They have no idea there is even a deaf community, or that there are hearing loss support groups and organizations. In fact, I would venture to say that most people don’t even know to ask the question:

where do I get help and support?

(pretty much the same in USA)

– Friday October 28th

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that Regina Pine, mother of deaf 16-year old daughter Ariel Depp, refused to allow her to attend school in Charleston, WV because of bullying concerns. She wanted the daughter to attend a school much nearer their home. The county refused because that school lacked resources to accommodate the deaf student. As a result, the mother has been charged with truancy, which is a misdemeanor. The twist was that the county does not want to punish the mother but to entice the deaf girl to attend school. The mother still has refused. The showdown is November 9th when a judge will make a decision. For the time being, the deaf girl is being homeschooled.

– Saturday October 29th

Avid football fans know who coach John Hufnagel is. He is a long time football coach, having coached many teams in different leagues (NFL, Canadian and Arena). He currently coaches Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian league. For years he has had problems with his hearing, that he either evaded, or denied or referred football matters to his associates. It was only this week when he has publicly admitted his long-time hearing loss. He currently wears hearing aids every day.

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Howard Weinstein, not deaf, was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Technology Network. He has been trying to come up with a low cost hearing aid that even poor people of the world can afford.

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

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25% off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd  for more details on our TTYs and all our other products.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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ORAL DEAF OWNER OF TTY STORE WAS LUCKY DeafDigest editor, years ago in early 1980’s, was visiting San Francisco. He visited a friend who owned his own TTY store. That friend was a strong oralist who did not understand ASL and could not even understand simple gestures. Even worse, his lips were very difficult to read. During the visit, a deaf man, that used ASL, wanted to buy a TTY. The oral owner and the ASL person could not communicate with each other. DeafDigest editor, seeing everything, stepped in to serve as “oral & ASL” interpreter for both men. It was successful since deaf man bought a TTY and the oral man was able to sell a TTY. Whew, it was not easy!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-asl-deaf-communications/

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

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60-Day Period to Apply for Certification to Participate in National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

for more information, visit: http://deafdigest.com/fccdeafblindprogram/

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THE DEAFLYMPICS AND THE DEAF CULTURE We have the Deaflympics, where the best deaf athletes from all over the world compete against each other in many different sports. Does Deaflympics help improve Deaf Culture? Yes and no! A high percentage of participants in Deaflympics are oralists, late-deafened, hard of hearing that function as hearing, etc, etc. These people are most likely not part of Deaf Community. And when the Deaflympics is over, they go back to their own worlds!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaflympics-deaf-culture/

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

FUTURE BULBS FOR OUR DEAF ALERTING DEVICES As we all know, in 2014, regular bulbs will not be sold any more. Bulbs are so important for our deaf alerting devices. What to do? There are three options:

– a LED bulb for $25.00, good for 25 years – a CFL bulb for $3.25, good for 11 years – a Halogen bulb for $1.50, good for 1 1/2 years

Which bulb to use? Honestly, DeafDigest editor does not know, just yet!

A DEAF PIANO TUNER? Do we have a piano tuner that is deaf? Don’t know – but a theatrical play “Cash on Delivery” performed by a theatrical group in United Kingdom, involved a lot of twists, spoofs and paradoxes. One such twist was a character in the role of Deaf Piano Tuner. We may possibly have late-deafened piano tuners, but profoundly deaf piano tuners? Do not know, again!

A CI EXCLAMATION

A new CI user exclaimed:

My very first tune in! Listening, Hearing and Discriminate!

The key is discriminate. CI users can listen; they also can hear, but can they discriminate? If the user can discriminate, the CI is a success. If the user cannot discriminate, oh well!

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO (all videos are captioned)

deafdigest.com/videos/oral-interpreter/

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos, old and new, are always captioned.

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:

North Carolina Association of the Deaf

Visit: http://deafdigest.com/north-carolina-association-of-the-deaf/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

the room is already noisy as is so why burden myself with more noise

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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?

In one part of the newspaper story:

This person is almost deaf

In the other part of this same newspaper story:

He is 85 percent deaf.

First of all, there is no such a thing as deafness measured in percentage points.

Secondly, if that person is almost deaf, it may also mean he is almost hearing.

And if that person is almost-deaf, almost-hearing, then there is no way he is 85 percent deaf!

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*Year-round American Sign Language Master Tutor Lessons via Web-Cam or VP*

Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

– Pah! For fun I Also provide: Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00 Full Card Reading – $47.00 One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

(new web site) http://asltarotreader.weebly.com/

Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

Email: ASLtarot@ gmail.com

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students with more than 3.0 CEUs available for interpreters.

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, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, Franciso Olivera, etc.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes. Classes include 6-hour tracks on Islam and Judaism plus an opening Thursday class on Interpreter’s Guild.

Many vendors will have 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.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend. Almost 200 have registered already!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

11th 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 2012 trip will begin July 28, 2012.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

FCC has moved the deadline from October 28th to November 1st on comments from public, meaning us, on their closed captioning regulations. FCC wants to have captions installed on “everything” (computers, tablets, smartphones, game devices, set-tops, etc) and so your input is very important to them.

To comment, go to http://www.fcc.gov/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. When a hard of hearing person says he lip reads very well, is he telling the truth?

A. Hard to say. Deaf people rely on their eyes to read lips. Hard of hearing people rely on their eyes AND their ears to read lips.

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 we will have a re-print of these deaf resources (Deaf Heritage & Deaf Encyclopedia) to reflect the changing times. These sets were published during the 1980’s.

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Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Halloween!

When my children were toddlers, I brought them out Trick and Treating.

Remember, folks like me cannot see in the dark.

So, my two toddlers were my “sighted guides”!

My children took a short cut across our neighbor’s lawn.

I became very familiar with tree branches!

So friends, when you guide someone with night blindness,

Be aware of what might be hanging down from above, as well as those obstacles at your feet!

Happy Halloween!

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

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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DeafHistory:

During the mid-1980’s:

Deaf people being identified as handicapped began to evolve into deaf people being identified as disabled.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

60

approximately the number of deaf people that have served in the Peace Corps

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DeafLibrary Resources

Closed-captioning Milestones

http://deafdigest.com/closed-captioning-milestones/

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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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seeking Job Coaches Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults Mill Neck Family of Organizations New York City metro area

Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults is looking for qualified job coaches to provide supportive employment for multiply disabled deaf adults.  We are looking for candidates to provide these services in the NYC metro area including Westchester and the LI region.  We are seeking bright, energetic professionals to become part of our team. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Some of the responsibilities are to work with clients through all phases of job search through on-the-job training.  Provides case management as needed.  Communicate with employers and other parties on an as needed basis.  Fluency in American Sign Language required. Valid drivers license and dependable car needed.

contact: Kathleen Lagalante Director of Human Resources Mill Neck Family of Organizations 40 Frost Mill Road Mill Neck, NY 11765516-922-4100

email mailto:klagalante@millneck.org

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position announcement Independent Living Skills Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center Las Vegas, NV

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada.  DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/Non-exempt Location: Position available in Las Vegas

Posting date: October 25, 2011 Closing date:  November 10, 2011

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Individual provides independent living skills training and support for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to develop or maintain a maximum level of independence and ensure a higher quality of life living in the community. Individual conducts accurate assessment and develops a service plan based on clients. need and input. Provides all services outlined in the individualized service plan including skill development, training, education, support and assistance to each clients. Skill development areas focus on, but are not limited to, literacy, employment readiness, financial management, time management, using communication technologies, transportation and housing. Participates in the technology/equipment distribution as well as in the community education responsibilities of the Center.  Conducts, develops and implements program activities for DHHARC. Conducts outreach responsibilities as assigned which may include travel to rural areas.  Works in the evening and during weekend when needed.

SALARY: $36,244 – $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: –    Knowledge of advocacy techniques –    Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws –    Maintain effective record keeping practices –    Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required. –    Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations –    Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services –    Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs –    Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion –    Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential –    Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation –    Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: –    Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations –    Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICANTIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (November 10, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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announcing openings for High School and PACES Teachers The American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time vacancies

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America

Scope of Duties: Under the supervision of the Department Principal/Assistant Principal, instructs students enrolled at ASD.

Minimum Requirements: Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf or Special Education, appropriate State of CT Teacher Certification (057 or 065).  SCPI Level of Intermediate Plus.  Experience and/or coursework teaching English as a second language preferred.  Good judgment.  Ability to work in a collaborative setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed. Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education will be considered.

Salary and Benefits (a)    Compensation range based on School’s salary scales. (b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available

How to apply:

Send resume and letter of application to:

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

FAX (860) 570-1832

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open positions Deaf Services Center (DSC) Glenside, PA

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

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

– OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN:  (Full time/Part time) This position provides clinical services to individuals and family members on a fee for service basis.  Responsibilities include: Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.   Qualifications:  The qualified candidate shall possess:  Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and children.

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

– THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR:  (Full time position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.

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

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

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

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position opening Interpreter Prep. Program Faculty Front Range Community College Westminster campus, Colorado

Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus is now accepting applications for a IPP faculty member  The primary focus of this position is teaching and curriculum development for IPP courses.

For complete job announcement and application, visit:

http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE/AA.

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job openings – Day Child Care Worker – Overnight Supervisor Walden School/The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham, MA

– Day Child Care Worker – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-day-child-care-worker-deaf-job/

– Overnight Supervisor – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-overnight-child-care-supervisor-deaf-jobs/

Please send resume to: The Learning Center for the Deaf 848 Central Street Framingham, MA 01701 Attn: Personnel Department

(508) 879-5110 ext. 306

OR apply online: http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening School Counselor/Psychologist The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Scranton, PA

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is seeking a School Counselor/Psychologist.  Advanced ASL skills preferred.

Act 34, Act 151, FBI Clearances and PA Certification req.d. Excellent salary and benefits

Visit our website at http://www.thescrantonschool.org to view the full position posting.

Send resume to: WPSD Human Resources 300 E Swissvale Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Fax 412-244-4211 mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program Department of Educational Psychology College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota

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

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed.  This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

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

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

Responsibilities: •    Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year. •    Prepare course content •    Evaluate student performance •    Meet with individual students as needed

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

Desired qualifications •    MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields. •    Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:    The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011.   Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273.  Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.

Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to: ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington 240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 1954 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108

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

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posting Executive Director Foundation for Deaf Education Buffalo, NY

The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director.  This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means.  This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.

LOCATION:          Buffalo, New York SALARY:          Based upon qualifications EMPLOYEE TYPE:       Full-Time REPORTS TO:          Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors

QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.

PREFERENCE:     Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.

–    Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to:  mailto:barbarap@smsdk12.org or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

–    Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.

The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE

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announces openings for Community Inclusion Specialists The American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time available

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.

SCOPE OF DUTIES: This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system.  Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required.  Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs.  In-state travel is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: (a)    Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. (b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY: You may download an application from our website:  http://www.asd-1817.org

Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX:  (860) 570-1832

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Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf Austin, TX

http://www.tsd.jobs

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.

TSD is an EEO employer.

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Job Announcement Executive Director Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org

job description at: http://deafdigest.com/kcdtn/

Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search C/O Teressa Gregory 410 Taliwa Drive Knoxville, TN 37920

AND/OR via email at: mailto:kcdboard@kcdtn.org

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS –  Los Angeles, CA

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

http://www.gladinc.org

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman Human Resources Manager 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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DeafDigest – 30 October 2011

DeafDigest Blue – October 30, 2011Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription at no cost to you

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/cause-of-deafness-swallowed-tobacco/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/slow-deaf-communications/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sports-fans/

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Waking Up Has Never Been Easier

Harris Communications is pleased to introduce 3 new alarm clocks from Bellman & Symfon: the Alarm Clock Pro, Classic and Visit.

The Alarm Clock Pro wakes you with high-intensity LED lights and a powerful bed shaker that also emits sound from directly under the pillow. The clock’s audible alarm spans multiple frequencies and slowly gets louder and louder until you shut it off. This feature-rich clock includes a “smart snooze”, a built-in phone ringer amplifier, and a nightlight function.

The Alarm Clock Classic is for the price conscious and has fewer features than the Pro. The Alarm Clock Visit has all the features of the Pro and connects to the Bellman Visit[tm] alerting system.

Find all three clocks at Harris Communications. The Alarm Clock Pro retails for $99.95, the Classic model for $69.95, and the Visit model for $149.95.

For more detailed information on all these clocks, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB103011

or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous

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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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.

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

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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 Bruce Bedford that departed us. While he was deaf he was never part of the Deaf Community. Anyway he was a professional photographer for 40 years for the Carroll County Independent and the Conway Daily Sun, two small town newspapers in New Hampshire. His bosses allowed him to roam elsewhere to take pictures that he felt were the best fit for these newspapers. He was one of the few full time newspaper photographers as most newspaper budgets would not allow full timers in this profession!

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

Andrew Parry, a deaf Australian, has made his debut as a clown at a circus performance, and he is hoping to make it with the TV show Australia’s Got Talent. He grew up as a figure skater, this skill which came in handy while learning how to be a clown.

Zimbabwe has come up with a sign language dictionary which is quite an accomplishment. Reason is that different sign languages exist in the country. And the dictionary tries to involve these different signs for the same word. This project involved deaf leaders from different parts of the nation. And it took a year for their efforts to bear fruit.

– Very Hot News

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (UK) ruled against deaf diplomat Jane Cordell. She requested an oral interpreter for her diplomatic assignment to Kazakhstan and was turned down. She sued the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, accusing the agency of discrimination.

– Sunday October 23rd

The Ontario Camp for the Deaf would not allow two town councilmen from entering the premises. This stems from the camp’s expansion plans coming into conflict with the community. The council was going to review the proposal, and the camp did not want the councilmen looking around on the property.

– Monday October 24th

Cathal Thompson, a deaf man from Ireland, has lost over 70 pounds in the local Biggest Loser contest, and is in running for the Unislimmer of the Year honors.

– Tuesday October 25th

Time.com’s Techland has given a Tech Humanitarian Award to Universal Subtitles for captioning over 25,000 videos in less than a year. Universal Subtitles is an on-line open source program that allows users to caption their videos.

– Wednesday October 26th

An era is coming to an end, thanks to today’s changing society. The last Miss Deaf America pageant will take place at the NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky next year. After that, no more. In its place will be the NAD Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program, which will promote goodwill among the deaf. Why is this era ending? Possibly because it has become more and more difficult to recruit young deaf women to compete in state pageants. Many of these pageants only had maybe just a few participants, sometimes just as many as two!

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

Abraham Glasser, New York, won the US Chess Association of the Deaf championship, which took place last week at St Paul, Minnesota. This organization has changed its name and it is now the United States Association for Deaf Chess Players. Finishing runner up is Dale Nichols of Minneapolis.

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

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VOICE OR FAX OR EMAIL OR RELAY Before a deaf man started his successful business, he was employed in hearing workplaces. He said that hearing bosses were not patient with him because of slow communications. The deaf man was using fax, emails and relay to communicate with hearing clients, but the boss was not happy. The boss wanted faster communications, and that means voice only – without fax or emails or relay. The deaf man quit and started his own business, and he is much happier.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/slow-deaf-communications/

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

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Pre-Registration For Career Expo For People With Disabilities The Ronald Reagan Center Washington, DC November 18, 2011

visit: http://deafdigest.com/job-seeking-expo-for-the-deaf/

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DEAF WATCHING OR NOT WATCHING SPORTS Many deaf people love to watch sports, the same as hearing people. But do these deaf fans really watch the football game or a baseball game at a stadium? Many of them talk to each other with ASL and do not really watch the action closely. Yes, hearing fans talk a lot with each other, but their eyes are on the field and their ears listen to friends’ voices. The deaf fans cannot watch ASL hands and the action on the field at the same time!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-sports-fans/

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

DEAF COMMUNCIATIONS AND HEARING COMMUNICATIONS One season during the 1970’s, the quarterback with the Long Beach State University football team used ASL to communicate with his coaches. Reason was that crowd noise prevented normal voice communications. Anyway, the 5th game of the World Series between St Louis and Texas was an example of serious problems with voice communications. Because of stadium noise, the St Louis bullpen coach could not clearly hear the telephone instructions from manager Tony La Russa. As a result, wrong pitchers entered the game, and St Louis lost the game for that reason. It should not have been a problem with the deaf. We use sign language to communicate. And ASL always wins over voice in noisy conditions.

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DEAF CHILDREN IN NEED OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING Karen Goldberg, who is deaf and is a psychiatrist with the National Deaf Academy, addressed an issue regarding deaf children during the recent American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry convention at Chicago. She said:

Deaf patients with mental health problems face several hurdles before they can be properly diagnosed and treated

A major hurdle is communications. If the counselor relies on interpreter then it may compromise the counseling sessions.

A CATCHY PHRASE DeafDigest editor was spending this weekend at Elmira, NY. Driving through the city, he saw a business with this catchy phrase:

Hear to Ear

Unsure what it was – a hearing aid dealer or even a music shop, he surfed the web – and yes, it is a hearing aid dealer, a chain of stores in the upper New York area.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

You are interpreting for a deaf person in the audience. You sit next to the speaker. The speaker constantly moves all over the floor, constantly blocking the view of the interpreter, forcing the deaf person to move his head around in order to get a better view. Yet the speaker does not get it and continues to block the interpreter!

A hearing person, seeing it all, swapped seats with the deaf person so that he can get an unblocked view even when the speaker still moves around.

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.

THE HAMMER: A PET PEEVE The Hammer, a movie, depicting the life of Matt Hamill, the deaf Ultimate Fighter, is being shown. Already a Pet Peeve, according to an individual that works with movie captions. He said:

Someone claiming to be the “first” in something when it’s a false and non-researched claim.  Already twice in the last 3 years 2 people have claimed to have the “first open captioned film”

He said one more:

Oh, brother. There should be a law against it.

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

A nervous and skittish deaf person, a star athlete on a college athletic scholarship, would run away when approached by a deaf reporter from a deaf newspaper that asked for an interview in ASL.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The FCC announced a set of revised rules to the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund which would implement the provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. DeafDigest is stopping at that because the length of the announcement requires bed time reading by a knowledgeable communications attorney.

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The Deaf and the Law:

Could a doctor deny a deaf patient an interpreter and get away with it?

Yes, if the doctor can prove that he just cannot afford an interpreter, and that this expense would cause him to go broke.

This is a very difficult way to prove to the judge, because most doctors earn good income. To do this, the doctor must show the judge his financial books. And most doctors won’t.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deaf actor Terry “Herk” Herkimer performed in “The Pilgrim Project,” an award-winning play that took place in San Francisco. Terry played the role of Massasoit. You will not find the name Terry Herkimer in the program book because his stage name is Tristan Thunderbolt. Said Terry/Tristan “I thought my performance may inspire other deaf and hard of hearing actors to go mainstream.”

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

For years deaf attorney Jonathan Gibbons felt helpless in the court room. It is not because he is a bad attorney; it is not because he is deaf. It was because the Peterborough court (in United Kingdom) refused to allow him the use of a sign language interpreter while arguing cases. Not any more. He won the case and is now able to use interpreters in his future court cases.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

An anti-deaf person said:

– deaf people want to be allowed to marry the deaf – deaf people want more deaf characters on TV – deaf people want more deaf congressmen

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

I thought a friend said: Please take the share

He actually said: Please take the chair

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Employment Openings TEDP Outreach Specialist/ Trainer GACHI, Inc Decatur, GA

GACHI, Inc. has immediate openings for the following:

TEDP Outreach Specialist/ Trainer

Full-time, permanent position in Decatur, Georgia.

Salary plus medical & dental benefits.

Responsibilities: Assess and train applicants, provide individual and group trainings on how to use telecommunication equipment, deliver, set and provide on going communication and documentation.  Market, promote, and advertise the program to all segments of the population to inform individuals, agencies, and organization about the program. Recruiting and increasing the number of individuals to apply for the program. Extensive traveling throughout the state of Georgia.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of experience in telecommunication devices, and two years of experience with training or teaching individuals or group settings.

Mail resume to: GATEDP Attn: Kevin Steffy, Co-Coordinator – Outreach/ Training 4151 Memorial Drive, Suite 103-B Decatur, Georgia 30032

Or FAX to: 404-297-9465

Or Email to: mailto:ksteffy@gachi.org

Position will remain open until filled. For additional information about this position, contact Kevin Steffy at: mailto:KSteffy@GACHI.ORG or 404-381-8433 (VP)

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position opening Employment Director Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc Salisbury, MD

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that promotes access to services and resources and provides direct residential and employment services to individuals of various disabilities, primarily deafness, living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Services are provided in individual homes and within the community.

Responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the employment program, a program designed to match our clients, people with disabilities, with potential employers, including providing guidance, supervision and support to various personnel. Identifies and markets the program to potential employers and related agencies. Ensures compliance with all funding agents and agency policies and procedures.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, with emphasis in rehabilitation counseling, guidance and counseling, special education, social work psychology or occupational therapy. Strong vocational skills and knowledge of vocational grants and their reporting requirements is a must. Experience with marketing, development and relationship building is preferred. Five years of supervisory experience including experience in vocational employment services is required. Must be fluent in sign language or willing to learn. Valid Driver’s License is required. Position Classification: Full Time Exempt.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., attn: Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 or email to mailto:dila@dila.org Applications can also be completed on line at http://www.dila.org

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position opening Job Coach Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc Salisbury, MD

Full-Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that promotes access to services and resources and provides direct residential and employment services to individuals of various disabilities, primarily deafness, living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Services are provided in individual homes and within the community

Responsibilities: Provide individual and group on-the-job training for individuals of various hearing loss which includes teaching and coaching individuals to develop job skills, employee and employer relationships, work ethics and communication skills for successful employment outcomes. Requirements: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required; Fluency in ASL or sign language is a must. Six months experience with training, coaching and motivating people. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required. Skilled in the use of structured training techniques for teaching job performance skills, job-related skills and work behaviors is preferred.

Schedule: Full Time

Full Time Employee Benefits: 100% employer contribution to medical, life and disability benefits; 75% employer contribution to dental; retirement; 13 paid holidays a year; 10 paid annual leave days a year; 2 personal leave days a year; 10 paid sick days a year and more.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., attn: Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 or email to mailto:jdubuque@pkscpa.com.

Applications can also be completed on line at http://www.dila.org

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

Full-Time/Part-Time/Contractual

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

Responsibilities: Provide direct care independent living services and support to individuals. Services range from personal hygiene, medication administration and intensive independent living skills training in individuals. homes and other locations throughout the Eastern shore. Requirements: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required; one year related experience preferred; competency with basic independent living skills; must be flexible and work within a team environment. Ability to teach, advise and motivate people. Valid Driver’s License, reliable transportation and good driving record required. Fluency in ASL required.

Schedule: TBD

Full Time Employee Benefits: 100% employer contribution to medical, life and disability benefits; 75% employer contribution to dental; retirement; 13 paid holidays a year; 10 paid annual leave days a year; 2 personal leave days a year; 10 paid sick days a year and more.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., attn: Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 or email to mailto:jdubuque@pkscpa.com

Applications can also be completed on line at http://www.dila.org

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position opening Director Rhode Island School for the Deaf Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School for the Deaf has initiated a search for Director.

All information can be obtained on our web page:  http://www.rideaf.net

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position opening Clinical Psychology Faculty position Gallaudet University Washington, DC

The Psychology Department at Gallaudet University has a clinical psychology faculty position opening. The position description and application information can be found at: http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/

For additional information about this position, contact Dr. Patrick Brice, Clinical Psychology Program Director at: mailto:Patrick.Brice@Gallaudet.edu

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position openings in Rehabilitation field in Georgia

–  Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deafness program is seeking a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing caseload in Dublin and surrounding counties.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082276 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-15.05.05.916369

–  Cave Springs Rehabilitation Center is seeking a Life Adjustment Supervisor responsible for the direction and operation of the 52 bed dormitory and the coordination of Independent Living Skills Training for the students. Duties include supervision of the dormitory staff, coordinating the staff’s work schedules and activities, managing the physical maintenance of the dormitory, and ensuring the safety and accountability of all students.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00155920 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-10.42.34.584892

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job title Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Montana School for the Deaf & Blind position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   The successful employee must be self-directed and able to work with limited supervision or direction.   The position requires extensive travel working hours beyond those of a typical teaching position with an average of 2 to 3 nights away from home each week.  The position may require occasional work on weekends and extended workdays with meetings before and after regular school hours.  This is a “tele-work” position requiring the employee to work out of a home-based office, usually located in a community outside of Great Falls.  Telework employees must be able to maintain the basic machines and functions of an office as well as securing routine maintenance for the state vehicle assigned to the position.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are: 1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible. 2.    Letters of reference from previous three employers (3 letters of reference). 3.    Transcripts or all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 4.    Copies of Professional Licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position. 5.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form. 6.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form. 7.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website:  http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION:  This position is a contracted position 200 days.  Salary is determined by the schedule as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligible state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance.  Other benefits include deferred compensation program and retirement.  Employees earn approximately 3.69 hours of sick leave for each 80 hours pay period worked and employees who qualify are entitled to up to 15 days military leave with full pay.  Earned

leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & BLIND using the information provided above.  TTY users may call the TTY number if available or use the relay service by dialing 711-253-4091.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: http://mt.gov!stateiobs/stateiobs.asp . You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center..

SPECIAL INFORMATION: MSDB IS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN.  Grades encompassed in this program include elementary, middle school, and high school levels.    The schedule may also be adjusted temporarily or permanently for reasons such as training, meetings, student needs, agency needs, emergencies, etc.  This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an .Applicant Release Form. must be completed and signed as part of the application.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

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positions open Austine School for the Deaf & Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing various locations in Vermont

Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

– Teacher /Coordinator, William Center Location: Brattleboro,VT Time Base: Full -Time

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience. Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism. Training and experience in instruction improvement Effective communication skills to include ASL Responsibilities: Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers. Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program. Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center. Maintain accurate records.

– Victim Advocate/community educator Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services Location: statewide Vermont Time Base: 2 part-time positions

Qualifications: * BA degree or equivalent experience * Fluency in American Sign Language

Advocacy experience: * Work from a philosophy or empowerment * Ability to work with a diverse population * Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize * Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence

Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling mailto:kdarling@dvas.org

– Residential Advisors: Location: Brattleboro, VT Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age; Effective communication skills to include ASL; Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training; Willingness to learn behavior management techniques; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

* Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student; Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential  Programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals

– Speech – Language Pathologist Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: part time

– Paraprofessionals Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: Part time

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related experience; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; Proficiency in ASL; Valid driver’s license; Willingness to obtain a VT bus license

* Responsibilities: Assist teachers with tutoring and instruction, classroom management and clerical tasks; Assist with morning residential program; Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include lifting guiding.

for all of the above positions that are based in Brattleboro, VT, please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau Austine School for the Deaf 209 Austine Dr Brattleboro, VT 05301

or send email to: mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

802-258-9510 Fax# 802-258-9574

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS –  Los Angeles, CA

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

http://www.gladinc.org

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman Human Resources Manager 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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DeafDigest – 26 October 2011

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 26, 2011

 

— Our deaf NFL cheerleaders

A big story broke out last week of Melissa Adams, a deaf woman, becoming a cheerleader with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. She is not the first deaf cheerleader in the NFL. The others before her were:

Lisa Fishbein, Miami Dolphins

Christina Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Mona Vierra, Oakland Raiders

 

 — What is normal? What is disabled?

A deaf student, attending Georgetown University, said:

If you say “disabled” you usually mean that the person is unable to function in society like normal people. I am normal. Deaf people are normal. We just have a different language, different culture, and a different way of viewing life.

 

— European “911” number not accessible to the deaf

Europe’s 112 emergency number is supposed to function the same as our 911 number. There are already complaints that this 112 number does not work with the deaf. Even though the European Commission has mandated the use of the 112 number for Europeans in need, there are still problems. A lot has to do with delays in getting the equipment set up everywhere in Europe. And this is hurting the deaf the most.

 

— A $215,000 diamond engagement ring or $12,000 hearing aids

New York attorney Ira Schacter, not deaf, going through a divorce, was dating Playboy-bunny Lace Rose Allenius. He gave her a $215,000 diamond engagement ring, but refused pay $12,000 for hearing aids for his deaf daughter. It backfired because the fiancee broke off the engagement and returned the $215,000 ring to him! It was a big story in the New York Post, a popular tabloid.

 

— A lot of work involved with Wonderstruck, a novel with a deaf theme

Brian Selznick wrote the novel Wonderstruck. It took him three years to complete it. To learn about Deaf Culture, he went to New York, and researched Deaf Culture at the 47 School for the Deaf. A deaf archivist Lloyd Shikin helped him with the research. The story weaves back and forth between two parallel characters of different years. Rose, a deaf girl, of the year 1927 and Ben, who became deaf because of a lightning hit, of the year 1977.

 

 

  — Position Announcement (closing date Friday, October 28th) Information Office Supervisor Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Frankfort, KY

go to http://deafdigest.com/information-office-supervisor-deaf-kentucky/

 

DeafDigest – 23 October 2011

DeafDigest Gold – October 23, 2011

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hate-slow-penmanship/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-shoulder-tap/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-people-described-as-zoo/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-nightmare-with-relay/

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Do Everything with the Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm] is a 7″ touchscreen mobile tablet that takes multi-tasking to the extreme. Read a book, take pictures, video conference, watch movies, email, post to Facebook or surf the Web, with no desk required. Cutting-edge technology includes Swype[tm], TouchWiz 3.0 and Android 2.3

Now only $199.99 after $230 instant savings. (Eligible upgrade or new line activation and 2 year agreement required.) Other monthly charges apply.

Find the Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf and hard of hearing people.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG102311

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

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; 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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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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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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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

While not deaf, Dr Jerry Lee announced his plans to retire from the presidency of National University at the end of year 2012. Dr. Lee previously served as Gallaudet president. His imprint on the storied Gallaudet history was strong. He personally steered Gallaudet into the modern era – a high profile athletic program, university status, high endowment status, etc. But most important of all, his stepping down paved the way to a deaf person becoming president of the university (though it was temporarily derailed by the ill-advised board vote to select Zinzer).

Can you imagine entering a banquet room and be “disabled” by the host organization? This was what the Office of Students With Disabilities, part of Florida Atlantic University, have been doing. Guests were either blindfolded to make them blind, or put into wheelchairs to make them disabled, or in the case of us, the deaf, ears being plugged in. That was the theme – to make everyone aware of the needs of the deaf and the disabled at the event that took place this week.

– Very Hot News

A grand slam of accomplishments of our Big 3 deaf colleges, as follows

Gallaudet – to be featured on MTV’s college channel, mtvU

NTID – winning a $1.6 million grant on behalf of students in science, technology, engineering and math

CSUN – winning a $20 million grant to train people to work with deaf at other colleges

All three accomplishments at practically the same time, which is a remarkable feat.

– Thursday October 20th

Apple has fixed the technical issue that has been blocking captions on iTunes, according to a tech blog. This blog also said that Netflix can show captions, but it is not easy, must go through too many steps to make captions possible. It is not just a matter of pushing a button and presto, captions appear.

– Friday October 21st

A physician said, re the CI and the bicycle:

if you are riding a bicycle with your CI, do not cut off the foam inside your helmet to allow the implant to fit. The vibrations while riding will make your CI less safe. And that there is no such a thing as a CI-friendly bicycle helmet!

– Saturday October 22nd

An angry Susan Wolf-Downs, executive director, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. shouted:

I don’t understand what you are talking about because I’m deaf

This was in reference to a session at the New Hampshire House that where health mandates, hearing aid needs included, were being discussed – without interpreters!

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A Deaf Superhero to our rescue? A superhero reminds us of these crime fighters – Superman, Batman, Incredible Hulk, etc. But a Deaf Superhero? Yes, if Deafness Research UK has its way. This agency is launching a contest, asking young deaf people for ideas to help Sonar, the agency Deaf Superhero to achieve miracles. What is Sonar supposed to do – to improve the lives of the deaf. Well, we do not have an American deaf Superhero but we have one in Great Britain!

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

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25% off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd  for more details on our TTYs and all our other products.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-people-described-as-zoo/

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

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2012 National Deaf Basketball Tournament (Men’s & Women’s)

and

2012 National Deaf High School Basketball All-Star game (boys & girls)

April 18-21, 2012 Houston, Texas

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/2012-national-deaf-basketball-tournament/

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AN INTERNET RELAY NIGHTMARE This is a nightmare. You have problems with cable internet service. You contact the cable company through internet relay to ask for assistance. The service representative advises you to disconnect the router and then to reconnect it and to let him know if it works. It is hard to explain to the customer service representative that if you disconnect the router, the relay call is disconnected. You explain this to him – and he does not believe you because he thinks you are using the TTY machine to contact him through the relay! This is a nightmare.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-nightmare-with-relay/

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

PRETEND ACTORS IN HEAVY DEMAND The Washington Post recently ran a story on Pretend Actors being in heavy demand. Pretend? These actors play out the roles of patients in hospitals and medical offices – to teach medical school students as well as with nurses and medical technicians on how to deal with problems and issues. The article, however, did not say if there were Deaf Pretend actors. Deaf patients go to medical appointments, demand interpreters and get angry when there is none. Would be great if we had Deaf Pretend actors. Not sure if we had any.

YES, ADA, BUT I WON’T PAY! An official with a college’s Office of Disability Services, in so many words, said “you deserve an interpreter, but we won’t pay” It went like this:

if you wish to attend a workshop, you must contact the workshop sponsor for an interpreter

if you wish to attend a college theatrical play, you must contact the drama department for an interpreter

if you wish to attend a fraternity reunion, you can ask us for an interpreter but there are no promises!

Bottom line is: we won’t pay but let them pay!

A YOUNG DEAF WOMAN IN SAUDI ARABIA Mention Saudi Arabia, and one will think of oppression of women, be it deaf or hearing. Well, there was a newspaper story of Manal Al-Azoori, a 25-year old deaf woman that lives in Saudi Arabia. She is one of the finalists for the Best Entrepreneur of the Year as hosted by the Youth Business International, a British group. She operates her own beauty center in Jeddah, and she has made it a point to hire deaf women. She had hoped to enroll at King Abdul Aziz University, but deaf students could not be admitted. Instead she became a business woman.

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO (all videos are captioned)

deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-license-inspector/

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos, old and new, are always captioned.

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:

Empire State Association of the Deaf

Visit: http://deafdigest.com/empire-state-association-of-the-deaf/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

my hearing aid makes people think I am stupid

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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?

a newspaper story said:

A hearing- and speech-impaired man met a new friend who is also a similarly disabled.

what is wrong with

A deaf man met a new friend who is also deaf

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*Year-round American Sign Language Master Tutor Lessons via Web-Cam or VP*

Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

– Pah! For fun I Also provide: Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00 Full Card Reading – $47.00 One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

(new web site) http://asltarotreader.weebly.com/

Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

Email: ASLtarot@ gmail.com

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students with more than 3.0 CEUs available for interpreters.

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, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, Franciso Olivera, etc.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes. Classes include 6-hour tracks on Islam and Judaism plus an opening Thursday class on Interpreter’s Guild.

Many vendors will have 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.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend. Almost 200 have registered already!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

11th 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 2012 trip will begin July 28, 2012.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

In Great Britain, doctors that belong to the Royal College of General Practitioners system may be torn between two choices – to refer deaf patients for implants and to go broke, by spending money needed for these operations – or – to refer these deaf patients for hearing aid fittings and save money. This was the issue raised by this professional body of physicians.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why do well meaning hearing people make anti-deaf comments?

A. Maybe they were never that well-meaning in the first place!

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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Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Foliage season is when hiking up the mountain trails becomes popular.

How I miss those hikes, but we can be creative.

The hiking trails tend to be narrow so an alternate way to provide support to Deaf-Blind friends is using a walking stick (4 to 5 feet long).

Use the walking stick to “guide” the Deaf-Blind friend who will walk behind you while holding the stick.

Just be extra careful and stop for bumps and low clearances.

These obstacles require direct guiding and not the walking stick approach!

For Deaf-Blind individuals with balance problems, additional support will be necessary.

One suggestion is to have 2 walking sticks and another person to support.

One support person in front and another in back and walking sticks on each side of your friend.

That will support the balance.

Be sure to practice and develop safety protocols before you hike.

Happy Trails!

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

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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Wish List of the Week:

Herman Cain is proposing a 9-9-9 tax plan (9 percent each on income tax, national sales tax and corporate income tax).

We wish for a Deaf 9-9-9

– 9 percent of corporations having high level deaf executives

– 9 percent of government agencies having high level deaf administrators

– 9 percent of deaf people earning $100,000 or higher

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DeafHistory:

Year 1712 – An illustration of a Deaf Beggar in the picture of the Deaf beggar is found in the 10th volume of the book – “Japanese Illustrated Assemblage of the Three components of the Universe”

You can see the illustration at: http://deafdigest.com/deaf-beggar-in-japan/

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

5 times

captioning live programs costs 5 times more than captioning pre-recorded programs

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Deaf Rights and Needs

from A to Z on list of Deaf Rights and Needs http://deafdigest.com/deaf-rights-and-needs/

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A Counseling Position is now available at The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals.

The Program is located at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview-Riverside.

Ideal candidates will be a Licensed Graduate Social Work (LGSW), be eligible for LGSW licensure, or a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

Interested candidates can apply to one or the other, either SW position or the Counselor II position.

Work duties include psyche-social assessments, developing workshops, facilitating daily educational skill building and therapy groups, crisis intervention,  individual meetings, working with client centered treatment plans, screening potential patients, following up with families, utilizing a flexible 12-Step philosophy, and completing necessary documentation.

American Sign Language (ASL) fluency is a must. Language assessment will be done during interview.

The position is .9 (36 hours/week) with a mix of day/eve hours. Benefits available.

Folks fluent in ASL can apply on line at http://www.fairview.org – go to “careers” and follow the prompts/instructions.

Hiring of the position will occur within the next 2 weeks, so interested persons are encouraged to apply through Fairview asap.

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position opening Interpreter Prep. Program Faculty Front Range Community College Westminster campus, Colorado

Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus is now accepting applications for a IPP faculty member  The primary focus of this position is teaching and curriculum development for IPP courses.

For complete job announcement and application, visit:

http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE/AA.

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job openings – Day Child Care Worker – Overnight Supervisor Walden School/The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham, MA

– Day Child Care Worker – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-day-child-care-worker-deaf-job/

– Overnight Supervisor – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-overnight-child-care-supervisor-deaf-jobs/

Please send resume to: The Learning Center for the Deaf 848 Central Street Framingham, MA 01701 Attn: Personnel Department

(508) 879-5110 ext. 306

OR apply online: http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening School Counselor/Psychologist The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Scranton, PA

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is seeking a School Counselor/Psychologist.  Advanced ASL skills preferred.

Act 34, Act 151, FBI Clearances and PA Certification req.d. Excellent salary and benefits

Visit our website at http://www.thescrantonschool.org to view the full position posting.

Send resume to: WPSD Human Resources 300 E Swissvale Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Fax 412-244-4211 mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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Job advertisement PAHrtners of Deaf Services Glenside, PA

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

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

– OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN:  (Full time/Part time)

This position provides clinical services to individuals and family members on a fee for service basis.  Responsibilities include: Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.   Qualifications:  The qualified candidate shall possess:  Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and children.

– THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR:  (Full time position)

This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.

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

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Bernadette Class, Office Coordinator Deaf Services Center 614 N. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:bclass@salisb.com

or Fax: 215-884-6301

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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program Department of Educational Psychology College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota

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

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed.  This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

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

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

Responsibilities: •    Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year. •    Prepare course content •    Evaluate student performance •    Meet with individual students as needed

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

Desired qualifications •    MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields. •    Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:    The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011.   Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273.  Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.

Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to: ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington 240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 1954 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108

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

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posting Executive Director Foundation for Deaf Education Buffalo, NY

The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director.  This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means.  This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.

LOCATION:          Buffalo, New York SALARY:          Based upon qualifications EMPLOYEE TYPE:       Full-Time REPORTS TO:          Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors

QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.

PREFERENCE:     Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.

–    Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to:  mailto:barbarap@smsdk12.org or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

–    Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.

The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE

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announces openings for Community Inclusion Specialists The American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time available

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.

SCOPE OF DUTIES: This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system.  Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required.  Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs.  In-state travel is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: (a)    Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. (b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY: You may download an application from our website:  http://www.asd-1817.org

Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX:  (860) 570-1832

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Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf Austin, TX

http://www.tsd.jobs

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.

TSD is an EEO employer.

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Job Announcement Executive Director Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org

job description at: http://deafdigest.com/kcdtn/

Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search C/O Teressa Gregory 410 Taliwa Drive Knoxville, TN 37920

AND/OR via email at: mailto:kcdboard@kcdtn.org

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS –  Los Angeles, CA

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

http://www.gladinc.org

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman Human Resources Manager 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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DeafDigest – 23 October 2011

DeafDigest Blue – October 23, 2011

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-people-antideaf/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-linotypists/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/cause-of-deafness-swallowed-tobacco/

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Need a Reminder to Take Medication?

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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

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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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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 stories are saying about the deaf?

Rachel Mazique, the reigning Miss Deaf America, was written up in the publication of University of Texas. A graduate student in the English Department she wishes to create awareness everywhere on the needs of the deaf, especially with communication barriers.

Johnny Corcoran, a deaf man from Lucan, Ireland, successfully operates his own photography business. He takes portrait pictures and also of weddings. His clients are hearing. Not only that, he has established a deaf photography club where he shares his knowledge with novice deaf photographers. He did not start out to become a photographer but entered this field after experiencing frustrations with previous jobs.

– Very Hot News

A woman, whose two brothers are deaf, was flabbergasted by a $200,000 cell phone bill. Normally the monthly bill is around $175.00 as the two brothers are under her plan. But when both brothers vacationed in Canada, they never bothered to update their plan to international data plan. As a result, thanks to excessive text messages and video viewings, the bill jumped to $200,000. With a big and generous heart, T-Mobile reduced it to $2,500 but the sister has to pay it off within six months.

– Sunday October 16th

Even though pro wrestling is a fake, many people love to watch it just for laughs. We’ve had a number of deaf pro wrestlers over the years. But there may be a first – a deaf American pro wrestler versus a deaf Japanese pro wrestler. It was announced that deaf pro wrestler Louis Long, Buffalo, NY, who wrestles under the name of The Silent Warrior will oppose a deaf Japanese wrestler (his name not known yet) on November 26,2011 at the Ontario Convention Center in California.

– Monday October 17th

Hands On, a TV series in Ireland, aired in Ireland specifically for the deaf audience, is now celebrating its 16th season. It is may be the world’s longest continuing deaf-related TV program. TV programs for the deaf come and go, but Hands On continues.

– Tuesday October 18th

After moving around three times since 1997, the fourth time is a charm as far as the Rocky Mountain Deaf School (Golden, Colorado) is a charm. This school has won a $13 million grant from the state department of education to break ground on a permanent location.

– Wednesday October 19th

Could bad captioning make a Deaf Comedian look bad? Yes, in the case of Steve Day, who is deaf but functions as a hearing person. On a TV program, he was telling a joke, which went like this:

Let me give you an analogy

The caption read like this:

Let me give you (a dirty word)

Steve is very upset about it.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

One of the winners of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards is the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand

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

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

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/tinnitus-to-be-deaf-or-hearing/

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

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Eugenics and Civil Rights Topics in American History

November 8, 2011 Swarthmore, PA

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/deaf-eugenics-and-deaf-civil-rights-lecture/

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A SWALLOWED TOBACCO An article in a deaf school magazine explained how children become deaf. There were about 10 different reasons why the children become deaf. One of the reasons was “swallowed tobacco.” This is not a joke. This article was written about 115 years ago! Of course, nowadays doctors are better with finding reasons for deafness.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/cause-of-deafness-swallowed-tobacco/

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

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A DEAF BOXER During the 1890’s, a boxing match took place between Norman Selby and a deaf boxer, whose name was not known. Selby would alert the deaf boxer to the bell being rung, indicating the end of the round. He did that a couple of times. And then on the third time, the bell did not ring but Selby told the deaf boxer it rung. The deaf boxer stopped boxing and began to walk towards his corner. At this point, Selby immediately knocked out the deaf boxer, who was in no position to defend himself. A cruel opponent? Yes.

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AT YOUR PERIL: HEARING COLLEGES Those that have went to Gallaudet or NTID do not have to read this story. A great friend of DeafDigest editor, himself a former oralist, graduated from a big hearing college during the pre-historic days (or rather pre-ADA days). He attended the Homecoming Day festivities at his alma mater, but before doing that, he asked the Office of Disability Services to be provided with interpreters. The screw up was big time. To make a long story short, the college was short of interpreters and were not able to accommodate his request. And to make matters worse, there has been a vacancy, since June 2010, with the director position at the Office of Disability Services. Bottom line – go to a hearing college and risk these perilous waters, which do not exist at Gallaudet or NTID.

TIMES HAVE CHANGED; A SERVICE AGENCY NOT HIRING THE DEAF For years service agencies working with the deaf have hired the deaf to work with deaf clients. It was a great source of employment for the deaf. Has this changed? There was a disturbing newspaper story recently of a service agency in Phoenix, Arizona not hiring a qualified deaf applicant for a job that dealt with deaf patients. Why? An angry deaf applicant said:

I tried to talk to them and ask why, but they said it was due to safety issues

This angry applicant has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

A hearing person telling the interpreter – “I know how to sign”

and he struggles with the letters H and I while trying to fingerspell “Hi”

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

When I have worked at different events as a court reporter, CART provider, or captioner, oftentimes people have approached me who have never seen a steno machine up close.

They usually ask how the machine works, and one of the first comments many people make when they see the machine for the first time is that there are no letters on the keys.  The tops of the keys are blank. They wonder how we know which keys are which.

People who use the steno machine must memorize what all the keys are.  There are 22 keys on the machine.  We use combinations of letters to make other letters.  We don’t depress one key at a time like you would on a typewriter or computer keyboard, but we stroke multiple keys at once, much like chords on a piano.  A captioner must memorize what combinations of keys must be depressed in order to make up the phonetic sounds that occur in the English language.

Writing whole words and phrases in a single stroke is a very important factor in being able to reach the high speeds necessary to be court reporters, CART providers, and captioners.

ATTITUDE ISSUES When an employer asks:

How can I trust a deaf employee to operate a machinery that costs one million dollars?

Does that hearing employee need an attitude adjustment? Very certainly, yes!

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

At a beach in New York, a deaf group sitting around on the sand was surprised when a young deaf woman, a stranger, approached them, trying to say hi. She could only communicate via gestures and body language and some “make-do” lipreading. She was thrilled to see a group of deaf people and wanted to join in the fun with them. Unfortunately she was originally with a group of young hearing people, and they yelled and waved at her, telling her to come back and to “leave the deaf people alone”

She was never seen again after that encounter.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

the FCC told approximately 300 TV program providers that they must caption their TV programs even though all of them pleaded poverty.

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The Deaf and the Law:

A mentally-challenged deaf Chinese man was accused of arson at a restaurant that caused extensive damage. Arrested, he did not understand the proceedings in the courtroom and pled guilty.

Afterwards, the judge realized the deaf man did not understand what was going on, and ordered a different interpreter for him. The judge then asked the deaf man, via the interpreter several times to ask him to make a plea. Fully realizing it, the deaf man pled not guilty each time the judge asked him. He will be assigned a trial date.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DEAFDIGEST dedicates this edition to Silent News founder Julius Wiggins who passed away on October 13th. In 1969, Julius felt there is a need for a deaf national monthly newspaper that would serve the deaf community. Not only he launched it with the assistance of wife Harriet but he had it sustained throughout the years. Deaf publications have came and gone but Silent News (monthly) and The Frat (bi-monthly magazine-type format) continue as the longest serving deaf community publications. DEAFDIGEST editor, who cut his teeth in the publications world with the Silent News, salutes Julius for a job well done!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Wal-Mart not good to deaf employees? According to a deaf employee, Wal-Mart is not a great employer. The employee said:

– no TTY on the premises

– no interpreter for a staff meeting

– fellow employees must be used to field emergency phone calls from the children of the deaf employee (school issues by the principal)

– store manager continues to promise “will look into it” when the deaf employee complains on these working conditions

– Wal-Mart employee web site lacks information and resources that would help deaf employees

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

It was mentioned last week in DeafDigest that the law in Iowa, requiring all classroom interpreters to be licensed, may be the reason for serious shortage in this field.

It was pointed out to DeafDigest editor that schools in Iowa had six full years to get ready for this law to take effect. These schools did not want to pay for interpreter training classes. And also, these interpreters also had six years to get their licenses, but have done nothing.

Said a deaf program administrator:

So why is it the fault of the law? The law is a good one but it is the people who hoped no one would remember it!

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

At the Subway checkout counter, I asked for two cookies.

The woman behind the counter said something.

I thought she said: Would you like to have three.

I said: No, just two cookies (while holding up two fingers for emphasis)

The woman then gestured drinking from a cup

I then realized she was asking: Would you like to have a drink!

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position opening Director Rhode Island School for the Deaf Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School for the Deaf has initiated a search for Director.

All information can be obtained on our web page:  http://www.rideaf.net

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position opening Clinical Psychology Faculty position Gallaudet University Washington, DC

The Psychology Department at Gallaudet University has a clinical psychology faculty position opening. The position description and application information can be found at: http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/

For additional information about this position, contact Dr. Patrick Brice, Clinical Psychology Program Director at: mailto:Patrick.Brice@Gallaudet.edu

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position openings in Rehabilitation field in Georgia

–  Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deafness program is seeking a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing caseload in Dublin and surrounding counties.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082276 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-15.05.05.916369

–  Cave Springs Rehabilitation Center is seeking a Life Adjustment Supervisor responsible for the direction and operation of the 52 bed dormitory and the coordination of Independent Living Skills Training for the students. Duties include supervision of the dormitory staff, coordinating the staff’s work schedules and activities, managing the physical maintenance of the dormitory, and ensuring the safety and accountability of all students.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00155920 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-10.42.34.584892

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position announcement Independent Living Skills Specialist The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center position based in Las Vegas, Nevada

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada.  DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/Non-exempt Location: Position available in Las Vegas Posting date: September 28, 2011 Closing date: October 14, 2011

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Individual provides independent living skills training and support for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to develop or maintain a maximum level of independence and ensure a higher quality of life living in the community. Individual conducts accurate assessment and develops a service plan based on clients. need and input. Provides all services outlined in the individualized service plan including skill development, training, education, support and assistance to each clients. Skill development areas focus on, but are not limited to, literacy, employment readiness, financial management, time management, using communication technologies, transportation and housing. Participates in the technology/equipment distribution as well as in the community education responsibilities of the Center.  Conducts, develops and implements program activities for DHHARC. Conducts outreach responsibilities as assigned which may include travel to rural areas.  Works in the evening and during weekend when needed. SALARY: $36,244 – $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: – Knowledge of advocacy techniques – Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws – Maintain effective record keeping practices – Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required. – Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services – Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs – Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion – Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential – Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation – Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: – Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (October 14, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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job title Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Montana School for the Deaf & Blind position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   The successful employee must be self-directed and able to work with limited supervision or direction.   The position requires extensive travel working hours beyond those of a typical teaching position with an average of 2 to 3 nights away from home each week.  The position may require occasional work on weekends and extended workdays with meetings before and after regular school hours.  This is a “tele-work” position requiring the employee to work out of a home-based office, usually located in a community outside of Great Falls.  Telework employees must be able to maintain the basic machines and functions of an office as well as securing routine maintenance for the state vehicle assigned to the position.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are: 1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible. 2.    Letters of reference from previous three employers (3 letters of reference). 3.    Transcripts or all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 4.    Copies of Professional Licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position. 5.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form. 6.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form. 7.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website:  http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION:  This position is a contracted position 200 days.  Salary is determined by the schedule as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligible state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance.  Other benefits include deferred compensation program and retirement.  Employees earn approximately 3.69 hours of sick leave for each 80 hours pay period worked and employees who qualify are entitled to up to 15 days military leave with full pay.  Earned

leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & BLIND using the information provided above.  TTY users may call the TTY number if available or use the relay service by dialing 711-253-4091.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: http://mt.gov!stateiobs/stateiobs.asp . You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center..

SPECIAL INFORMATION: MSDB IS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN.  Grades encompassed in this program include elementary, middle school, and high school levels.    The schedule may also be adjusted temporarily or permanently for reasons such as training, meetings, student needs, agency needs, emergencies, etc.  This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an .Applicant Release Form. must be completed and signed as part of the application.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

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positions open Austine School for the Deaf & Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing various locations in Vermont

Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

– Teacher /Coordinator, William Center Location: Brattleboro,VT Time Base: Full -Time

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience. Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism. Training and experience in instruction improvement Effective communication skills to include ASL Responsibilities: Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers. Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program. Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center. Maintain accurate records.

– Victim Advocate/community educator Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services Location: statewide Vermont Time Base: 2 part-time positions

Qualifications: * BA degree or equivalent experience * Fluency in American Sign Language

Advocacy experience: * Work from a philosophy or empowerment * Ability to work with a diverse population * Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize * Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence

Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling mailto:kdarling@dvas.org

– Residential Advisors: Location: Brattleboro, VT Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age; Effective communication skills to include ASL; Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training; Willingness to learn behavior management techniques; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

* Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student; Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential  Programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals

– Speech – Language Pathologist Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: part time

– Paraprofessionals Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: Part time

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related experience; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; Proficiency in ASL; Valid driver’s license; Willingness to obtain a VT bus license

* Responsibilities: Assist teachers with tutoring and instruction, classroom management and clerical tasks; Assist with morning residential program; Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include lifting guiding.

for all of the above positions that are based in Brattleboro, VT, please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau Austine School for the Deaf 209 Austine Dr Brattleboro, VT 05301

or send email to: mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

802-258-9510 Fax# 802-258-9574

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS –  Los Angeles, CA

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

http://www.gladinc.org

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman Human Resources Manager 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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DeafDigest – 19 October 2011

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 19, 2011

— A hearing educator of the disabled said deafness is a bad disease

When an educator works with the disabled, then she should show sensitivity to the needs of the deaf, but Dimity Dornan, didn’t. She is the director of Hear and Say, an organization of the disabled in Brisbane, Australia. In a speech, she said deafness is a “scourge in our world” during a banquet event. In other words she is saying that deafness is something bad and is a “disease”. Already the deaf Australians are demanding that she be legally prosecuted for her sickening comment.

It is the same as the comment “the deaf are not yet ready to function in the hearing world” that Jane Bassett Spilman, the former chairperson of Gallaudet board of trustees, made in 1988. She was trying to tell us that Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing candidate was more qualified than two deaf candidates for the Gallaudet presidency. The Deaf Community anger over that comment ultimately led to her resignation from the board.

 

— Will the federal government allow the deaf to drive trucks?

During the seventies, few articles appeared in the Deaf American magazine complaining about the government not allowing the deaf to drive trucks. Yet, there was another article that contradicted the complaint. The January 1978 edition featured Harold Roach, Mexico, NY, a deaf trucker that completed his 30th year on the job. He drove these long trailer trucks. The article, however, did not mention if he was able to drive trucks across state lines or if he drove only in New York. Last week there was a request filed with the government to allow the deaf to drive trucks. And over the years, there have been few deaf truckers telling DeafDigest editor that they drove across state lines.

Deaf American magazine? It was published by the NAD years back but not any more.

 

— A most popular Deaf video not captioned by Netflix

We, the deaf, all love to hate Netflix. This big video provider would not caption the videos that we want to watch. And we are forced to sue them. But what makes us even angrier is that they do not caption the most popular program in the Deaf Community. It is the “Switched at Birth”

 

— A surprising use of sign language

Wall Street protesters are using sign language for communication purposes. It is because the police do not allow the protesters to use amplifiers to reach the audience. The speakers have signs for such words like approval, disapproval, a point of order, silent applause, a big disagreement, get it done, etc, etc. While these signs are not ASL, sign language is sign language!

 

— Is Harkin movie captions settlement a joke?

Harkin, which is Arizona’s #1 movie theater chain,
agreed to install captions in half of its 25 state
theaters. Is it a joke? Probably because Harkin
also owns movie theaters in California, Colorado,
Oklahoma and Texas. And the Harkin agreement
is for for Arizona only. Deaf people in these other
states are out of luck!

DeafDigest – 16 October 2011

DeafDigest Gold – October 16, 2011

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/restauranttty/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/audism/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hate-slow-penmanship/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-shoulder-tap/

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Do Everything with the Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm] is a 7″ touchscreen mobile tablet that takes multi-tasking to the extreme. Read a book, take pictures, video conference, watch movies, email, post to Facebook or surf the Web, with no desk required. Cutting-edge technology includes Swype[tm], TouchWiz 3.0 and Android 2.3

Now only $199.99 after $230 instant savings. (Eligible upgrade or new line activation and 2 year agreement required.) Other monthly charges apply.

Find the Samsung Galaxy Tab[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf and hard of hearing people.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG101611

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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

A number of hearing churches across the nation have a deaf ministry. Either it is a stand-alone ministry, run by the deaf, or part of a hearing ministry, with interpreters serving as a link between the deaf and the hearing. A typical Deaf Ministry in a Hearing Church was featured in a newspaper article. Written up was the Parkade Baptist Church, and its deaf ministry. The deaf group sign-sing the gospels every Sunday morning.

In a newspaper story, Malaysian businesses were scolded by a deaf activist because of bad customer service. The customer service people do not like to deal with the deaf, and have, on many occasions, been disrespectful with them.

– Very Hot News

How important is twitter, as far as national disaster emergencies impacting on Deaf Households are concerned? Very much so, according to Steph Jo Kent, a deaf woman,

While deaf advocates scream about emergency captions on TV, about emergency TTY calls, availability of interpreters, etc, the twitter trumps them all! She said the twitter kept her up to date on emergency developments in her home community.

– Thursday October 13th

Do not trivialize Gallaudet University. This is what Gallaudet students are saying. This is in reference to the efforts of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to change the name of the metro stop from New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U to New York Ave-NoMa with Gallaudet as a subtitle. The students are requesting that the station be named NoMa-Gallaudet U.

– Friday October 14th

Test. Just Testing. Do not panic.

This is the message FCC will be telling TV viewers on November 9, 2011 at 2 PM EST.  It is a test emergency message just to see if the system works.

DeafDigest hopes people would not panic, knowing it is just a test.

– Saturday October 15th

Lindsay Hoyle, not deaf, is a British MP that pushed for the use of wireless devices in the Parliament. That way, he said, deaf constituents can quickly keep up with the discussions as opposed to waiting for traditional reports (newspapers, internet, CART, etc).

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, a hospital in Keene, New Hampshire, reached settlement with the U.S. District Court. This hospital had no interpreter on duty when an expectant deaf mother came in. This hospital also agreed to train its staff on how to deal with deaf patients.

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25% off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd  for more details on our TTYs and all our other products.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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LOSING PATIENCE WITH PENMANSHIP Penmanship means perfect handwriting. And for some hearing people using penmanship, these deaf people lose patience. There are some hearing people that take as much as five minutes to write a short sentence because of slow and careful penmanship. It is not easy for a restless deaf person to stand and wait for five minutes while the hearing person struggles with writing a note.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hate-slow-penmanship/

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

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Workplace survey on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals

Survey by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-workplace-research-survey/

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BE CAREFUL OF A SHOULDER TAP Deaf people are always tapping other deaf people on their shoulders to call attention. The law says that if someone touches another person, it is assault and battery. It is not a problem when a deaf person is touched because knows that he cannot hear and is being asked to pay attention. But if a deaf person accidentally taps a hearing person on the shoulder, it may be a different story. A deaf person in the postal service was twice fired for touching a hearing person on the shoulder. The hearing person complained and the deaf person was fired. The union got the job back for the deaf person, but again he was fired for the same reason. So, touching a deaf person is different from touching a hearing person.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-shoulder-tap/

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

FAMOUS ACTOR SPENCY TRACY HAUNTED BY DEAFNESS Spencer Tracy, who died in 1967, is one of the world’s most famous actors. A British newspaper ran a long piece on him this week. In brief, it said that Spencer, stuck in an unhappy marriage with his long time wife, never left her for his true love – Katharine Hepburn. Reason was that he felt so guilty over giving birth to a deaf son – John Tracy and did not want to overburden his wife! This was why the wife founded the famed John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. And history is full of ironies. The clinic advocated oral method of education. But John, who never really dealt too well with his deafness, was sent to Gallaudet University during the early sixties! John, who was much older than the average student, did not fit in with the Deaf Culture on the campus and was an outcast.  John’s roommate told DeafDigest editor, at that time, that John lacked knowledge for the most common morning tasks – selecting the color of socks to put on, unsure of which class to attend that day, not knowing where the cafeteria was, etc. It was because John, for all of his life, was surrounded by butlers and servants that took care of all of his needs! At any rate, John only stayed a semester and left.

ADRIAN MONK’S PHOBIAS While the Monk TV series have been canceled in 2009, the re-runs are still being shown on some cable networks. The Adrian Monk, character, played by Tony Shalhoub, was a former San Francisco police detective who did consulting work on homicide cases on behalf of the police department. Anyway, Monk was said to have exactly 312 phobias, such as germs, dentists, sharp objects, etc, etc. And interestingly enough, out of the 125 Monk episodes, none of the 312 phobias was identified as DeafPhobia (fear of the deaf)!

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO (all videos are captioned)

http://deafdigest.com/videos/onlinedegrees/

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos, old and new, are always captioned.

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:

New Mexico Association of the Deaf

Visit: http://deafdigest.com/new-mexico-association-of-the-deaf/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

I cannot hear anything with the hearing aid

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

Residents move into hearing impaired homes

For many years we used to call our homes – The Deaf Home

Now should we change it to – The Hearing Impaired Home?

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*Year-round American Sign Language Master Tutor Lessons via Web-Cam or VP*

Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

– Pah! For fun I Also provide: Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00 Full Card Reading – $47.00 One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

(new web site) http://asltarotreader.weebly.com/

Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

Email: ASLtarot@ gmail.com

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students with more than 3.0 CEUs available for interpreters.

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, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, Franciso Olivera, etc.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes. Classes include 6-hour tracks on Islam and Judaism plus an opening Thursday class on Interpreter’s Guild.

Many vendors will have 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.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend. Almost 200 have registered already!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

11th 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 2012 trip will begin July 28, 2012.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Do children get confused when they learn more than one language at a time? Hint, learning ASL and English at the same time. No, says a team of researchers from University of Washington.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why wouldn’t Netflix and other content providers caption all of their videos?

A. Captioning costs money and all corporations worry about their bottom line.

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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Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Traveling on city buses alone can be scary.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) service by an organization for the blind can help.

O&M will train us how we can travel independently.

Once we know how to get from here to there, as Deaf-Blind people, we need additional information.

A hearing blind person can listen to the call from the bus driver when it is his/her stop.

For Deaf-Blind people, we can have a 5 X 7 card with the name of our street or our stop and show it to the driver.

The driver can ask the passenger next to us to tap us on the shoulder.

Your stop is here!

Happy traveling!

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

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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Wish List of the Week:

that we have many certified deaf professional trainers that can whip overweight and overweight deaf individuals into tip-top shape!

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DeafHistory:

During the 8th century – China passed a law, giving tax breaks for the deaf

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

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signs learned by a Deaf Dog, according to a recent newspaper story

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DeafLibrary Resources

ASL used wrong way, a short list

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do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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position opening Interpreter Prep. Program Faculty Front Range Community College Westminster campus, Colorado

Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus is now accepting applications for a IPP faculty member  The primary focus of this position is teaching and curriculum development for IPP courses.

For complete job announcement and application, visit:

http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE/AA.

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job openings – Day Child Care Worker – Overnight Supervisor Walden School/The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham, MA

– Day Child Care Worker – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-day-child-care-worker-deaf-job/

– Overnight Supervisor – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/walden-overnight-child-care-supervisor-deaf-jobs/

Please send resume to: The Learning Center for the Deaf 848 Central Street Framingham, MA 01701 Attn: Personnel Department

(508) 879-5110 ext. 306

OR apply online: http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening School Counselor/Psychologist The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Scranton, PA

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is seeking a School Counselor/Psychologist.  Advanced ASL skills preferred.

Act 34, Act 151, FBI Clearances and PA Certification req.d. Excellent salary and benefits

Visit our website at http://www.thescrantonschool.org to view the full position posting.

Send resume to: WPSD Human Resources 300 E Swissvale Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Fax 412-244-4211 mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

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Job advertisement PAHrtners of Deaf Services Glenside, PA

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

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

– OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN:  (Full time/Part time)

This position provides clinical services to individuals and family members on a fee for service basis.  Responsibilities include: Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.   Qualifications:  The qualified candidate shall possess:  Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and children.

– THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR:  (Full time position)

This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.

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

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Bernadette Class, Office Coordinator Deaf Services Center 614 N. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:bclass@salisb.com

or Fax: 215-884-6301

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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program Department of Educational Psychology College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota

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

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed.  This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

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

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

Responsibilities: •    Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year. •    Prepare course content •    Evaluate student performance •    Meet with individual students as needed

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

Desired qualifications •    MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields. •    Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:    The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011.   Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273.  Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.

Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to: ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington 240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 1954 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108

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

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posting Executive Director Foundation for Deaf Education Buffalo, NY

The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director.  This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means.  This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.

LOCATION:          Buffalo, New York SALARY:          Based upon qualifications EMPLOYEE TYPE:       Full-Time REPORTS TO:          Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors

QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.

PREFERENCE:     Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.

–    Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to:  mailto:barbarap@smsdk12.org or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

–    Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.

The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE

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announces openings for Community Inclusion Specialists The American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time available

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.

SCOPE OF DUTIES: This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system.  Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required.  Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs.  In-state travel is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: (a)    Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. (b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY: You may download an application from our website:  http://www.asd-1817.org

Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX:  (860) 570-1832

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Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf Austin, TX

http://www.tsd.jobs

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.

TSD is an EEO employer.

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Job Announcement Executive Director Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org

job description at: http://deafdigest.com/kcdtn/

Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search C/O Teressa Gregory 410 Taliwa Drive Knoxville, TN 37920

AND/OR via email at: mailto:kcdboard@kcdtn.org

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position opening Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator Hamilton Relay Services Staffed in Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Knowledge of: –    Effective communication and public outreach techniques. –    Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users. –    Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service –    Senior Citizens Community –    Hard of Hearing Community

Skill in: –    Organizing outreach and educational campaigns. –    Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences. –    Excellent presentations skills –    Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

Ability to: –    Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies. –    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. –    Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.

Education and Experience: –    Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred. –    Experience in public relations activities. –    Hold a valid driver’s license. –    Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: http://www.WorkForHamilton.com or contact our Corporate HR office at 800.821.1831 by September 15, 2011.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

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 Manager 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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DeafDigest – 16 October 2011

DeafDigest Blue – October 16, 2011

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription at no cost to you

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/longway/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafnessdisability/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-people-antideaf/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-linotypists/

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Save 15% on Smoke and CO Alarms

October is Fire Safety Month and Harris Communications has 15% off all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Protect your home and family with products from Silent Call, Gentex, Kidde, BRK Electronics, Lifetone and more!

Designed for deaf and hard of hearing people, our selection includes easy-to-install plug-in smoke alarms, individual smoke or carbon monoxide alarms or combination units for dual monitoring. Both photoelectric and ionization alarms are available.

Sale ends October 31, 2011.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB101611

or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

If 83-year old Robert Weaver, not deaf, wins the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, then the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind will be $100,000 richer. Weaver, a long time volunteer at the school, is one of the four finalists, as announced by The NASCAR Foundation,

The Disabled People of South Africa formally requested the government to use its resources to advise deaf people that have HIV. This group claims that many hospitals do not have interpreters and trained counselors that could help the deaf with HIV.

– Very Hot News

It was mentioned in DeafDigest a while ago that a State Peter is robbing a State Paul over cash reserves. This refers to the Alabama Dual Party Relay Board being upset over the state trying to take the money away from them to pay for state educational needs. This squabble has led to a lawsuit filed this week. At stake is an ever-growing pot of 15 cents paid per month by each landline customer, originally earmarked for the state relay service needs. It is a cash cow of approximately 30 million dollars that the state has its eyes on!

– Sunday October 9th

For years teachers have been trying to preach patience among these restless hearing kids. Helping these Colorado children to calm down is Angelyne, an Australian cattle dog. This dog is deaf. She makes the rounds of schools with her master, showing the children these doggie tricks.

– Monday October 10th

The Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man, will be able to show subtitles for the benefit of its deaf patrons thanks to a portable captioning equipment. This piece of equipment will be loaned to theatres across the island again for the benefit of deaf residents of the Isle of Man.

– Tuesday October 11th

Marko Vuoriheimo, or better known as Signmark, will be performing his songs at Rochester School for the Deaf. A native of Finland, Signmark was said to be the first deaf performer to have landed a major recording contract.

– Wednesday October 12th

A state law in Iowa may have backfired, much to the detriment of mainstreamed students that attend local school programs. The law, passed in 2005, but not taking effect until this year requires all interpreters to be licensed. As a result, a number of interpreters have lost their jobs, leaving mainstreamed students out in the cold!

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

Do we have legislators in USA that have sign language webcams and videos installed in their offices for the benefit of deaf constituents? Well, there is one in Scotland. Mike Crockart, the MP of Edinburg West has such equipment in his office. When a deaf constituent rings in, a British Sign Language interpreter is immediately summoned to duty.

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A PROBLEM BETWEEN HARD OF HEARING PERSON AND A HEARING PERSON A hearing man at a workplace did not like the deaf. He was always saying bad things about the deaf. That workplace had several deaf employees, but hearing employees did not tell them about that anti-deaf person. There was a surprise. One of the deaf employees was really hard of hearing; he signed perfect ASL but was able to hear telephone voices perfectly. One day the anti-deaf employee said something bad about the deaf. Fed up, the hard of hearing person came to him and told him:

I can hear you very well and I just heard what you were saying about the deaf.

The anti-deaf person stopped making these anti-deaf comments!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-people-antideaf/

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United States Chess Association for the Deaf Tournament St Paul, Minnesota October 21-23, 2011

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/national-deaf-chess-tournament/

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MANY PAST DEAF PRINTERS LOVED TO READ BOOKS Many years ago, printing was a popular job for the deaf. Many deaf people earned good income and good living working as printers. Many of these deaf printers worked as linotype operators. And some of them loved their jobs even though they had to sit on a chair all day. Why? Because they can read the material that they are typing for the newspapers. At home, they read books because they enjoyed reading!

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THESE LAST MINUTE INTERPRETER REQUESTS Suppose you are visiting Australia and then stop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, you ask for an interpreter, you will be out of luck. The museum policy is two weeks request in advance. This is not fair to deaf tourists because when they visit a new city they learn of museums to tour.

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A DEAF COMEDIAN At the Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival, going on right now in Toronto, one of the contenders for the top award in the Best Newcomer category is DJ Demers. He is deaf. He uses his two hearing aids as a topic of jokes that makes people laugh.

THESE PROTEST RALLY NO-SHOWS This week we have seen anti-Wall Street protests erupt everywhere in USA. But one such protest, planned at the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, only attracted approximately 50 protesters. The police officers were pleasantly surprised. Did this spare turnout happen at any Deaf Protest rally in the past? During the late eighties, a disgruntled deaf individual staged an anti-DCARA protest at a public facility. Come the anti-DCARA protest, only two deaf individuals showed up, despite handouts distributed everywhere in the Bay Area. DCARA has continued to thrive whereas the disgruntled deaf individual practically disappeared from public sight!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a hearing person asking the interpreter:

Could your deaf client drive a car?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Although captioners and CART providers use steno machines that have computers built in to record their steno strokes, they usually do not use the steno machines themselves to translate their steno strokes into the English that is read by the consumers or clients.  The captioners send their steno strokes to a laptop or desktop computer, which then translates the steno strokes into text.

Many of the steno machines nowadays offer a small screen where the captioner or CART provider can see translations of the steno notes, but in order to get those steno strokes into a form that can be sent to an encoder or displayed on a CART screen, a laptop or desktop computer is generally necessary.

There are special software programs that hold “dictionaries” that the captioners have created which tell the computer how to translate each steno stroke that is written.  These programs are called computer-aided transcription (CAT) programs.  The CAT program is loaded on the laptop or desktop computer, and the steno machine is hooked up either via a cable or wirelessly to communicate with that computer.

A DEAF PERSONAL TRAINER Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned a deaf personal trainer in England unable to get hearing clients despite his professional credentials. DeafDigest also mentioned that we’ve had several deaf personal trainers in USA. Here is one – Aaron Jock, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He works at a fitness center in Austin, Texas.

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

An outstanding basketball player (6’6 tall) was playing playground basketball with some fans watching the pick up game. One of the fans was a deaf coach who happened to be around. After the pick up game he saw the 6’6 player putting on his hearing aid! The deaf coach learned that this player attended a school for the deaf, in the pre-school grades for two years, before his parents pulled him out. This player was recruited on the spot to play for a deaf club team. Before his deaf basketball career wound down, he played in the Deaflympics and appeared in several national deaf tournaments. And then he later married a deaf woman!

If not for the deaf coach observing the hearing aid, this basketball player may have been lonely in the hearing community for years and years.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Driving a car with your convertible down may look cool and fashionable – but may also cost you your hearing! This is what researchers at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital (UK) are saying. They also explained that driving with the top down from time to time is ok but not on a regular, daily basis.

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The Deaf and the Law:

Netflix at it again; this company is very good about getting us, the deaf, angry!

A lawsuit is forthcoming – accusing Netflix and other providers of breaching our human rights by not fully captioning all of their products.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Many deaf people do not have access to services of a deaf clinical psychologists or hearing ASL-speaking clinical psychologists. How bad is the shortage? One social service agency for the deaf has been looking for a deaf clinical psychologist for more than a decade – despite top dollar – no takers.

(editor’s note – this shortage continues)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Ralph McLaughlin, St. Louis, MO, who departed us this week. Young deaf people may not realize that Ralph along with a group of other deaf people, were in the TTY manufacturing business in the late seventies and early eighties. They produced a line of C-Phone TTY products. It was a rare TTY that had a TV-like screen digital display. This TTY was fairly popular in these years. The C-Phone lasted for a number of years before the company ceased production.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Are national organizations serving the deaf helping create an acute shortage of interpreters? Said an angry educational administrator:

Why aren’t CODAs becoming interpreters? There are lots of excellent ASL fluent interpreters out there, but they can’t get through the labyrinth of local, state and national rules-laws. In my home state, educational interpreters (or uncertified CODAS) can be charged with a crime and pay a fine if they interpret for someone outside the limitations of the IEP. I fought hard against the law but the state association of the deaf and the state interpreters association fought against me and won. As a result, our state suffers from a shortage of interpreters.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

An employee was handing me a claim to process

– I thought the co-worker said: I’m boring claim

– She actually said: employee claim

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position opening Clinical Psychology Faculty position Gallaudet University Washington, DC

The Psychology Department at Gallaudet University has a clinical psychology faculty position opening. The position description and application information can be found at: http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/

For additional information about this position, contact Dr. Patrick Brice, Clinical Psychology Program Director at: mailto:Patrick.Brice@Gallaudet.edu

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position openings in Rehabilitation field in Georgia

–  Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deafness program is seeking a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing caseload in Dublin and surrounding counties.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082276 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-15.05.05.916369

–  Cave Springs Rehabilitation Center is seeking a Life Adjustment Supervisor responsible for the direction and operation of the 52 bed dormitory and the coordination of Independent Living Skills Training for the students. Duties include supervision of the dormitory staff, coordinating the staff’s work schedules and activities, managing the physical maintenance of the dormitory, and ensuring the safety and accountability of all students.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00155920 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-10.42.34.584892

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position announcement Independent Living Skills Specialist The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center position based in Las Vegas, Nevada

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada.  DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/Non-exempt Location: Position available in Las Vegas Posting date: September 28, 2011 Closing date: October 14, 2011

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Individual provides independent living skills training and support for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to develop or maintain a maximum level of independence and ensure a higher quality of life living in the community. Individual conducts accurate assessment and develops a service plan based on clients. need and input. Provides all services outlined in the individualized service plan including skill development, training, education, support and assistance to each clients. Skill development areas focus on, but are not limited to, literacy, employment readiness, financial management, time management, using communication technologies, transportation and housing. Participates in the technology/equipment distribution as well as in the community education responsibilities of the Center.  Conducts, develops and implements program activities for DHHARC. Conducts outreach responsibilities as assigned which may include travel to rural areas.  Works in the evening and during weekend when needed. SALARY: $36,244 – $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: – Knowledge of advocacy techniques – Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws – Maintain effective record keeping practices – Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required. – Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services – Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs – Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion – Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential – Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation – Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: – Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (October 14, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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job title Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Montana School for the Deaf & Blind position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   The successful employee must be self-directed and able to work with limited supervision or direction.   The position requires extensive travel working hours beyond those of a typical teaching position with an average of 2 to 3 nights away from home each week.  The position may require occasional work on weekends and extended workdays with meetings before and after regular school hours.  This is a “tele-work” position requiring the employee to work out of a home-based office, usually located in a community outside of Great Falls.  Telework employees must be able to maintain the basic machines and functions of an office as well as securing routine maintenance for the state vehicle assigned to the position.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are: 1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible. 2.    Letters of reference from previous three employers (3 letters of reference). 3.    Transcripts or all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 4.    Copies of Professional Licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position. 5.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form. 6.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form. 7.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website:  http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION:  This position is a contracted position 200 days.  Salary is determined by the schedule as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligible state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance.  Other benefits include deferred compensation program and retirement.  Employees earn approximately 3.69 hours of sick leave for each 80 hours pay period worked and employees who qualify are entitled to up to 15 days military leave with full pay.  Earned

leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & BLIND using the information provided above.  TTY users may call the TTY number if available or use the relay service by dialing 711-253-4091.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: http://mt.gov!stateiobs/stateiobs.asp . You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center..

SPECIAL INFORMATION: MSDB IS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN.  Grades encompassed in this program include elementary, middle school, and high school levels.    The schedule may also be adjusted temporarily or permanently for reasons such as training, meetings, student needs, agency needs, emergencies, etc.  This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an .Applicant Release Form. must be completed and signed as part of the application.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

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positions open Austine School for the Deaf & Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing various locations in Vermont

Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

– Teacher /Coordinator, William Center Location: Brattleboro,VT Time Base: Full -Time

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience. Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism. Training and experience in instruction improvement Effective communication skills to include ASL Responsibilities: Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers. Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program. Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center. Maintain accurate records.

– Victim Advocate/community educator Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services Location: statewide Vermont Time Base: 2 part-time positions

Qualifications: * BA degree or equivalent experience * Fluency in American Sign Language

Advocacy experience: * Work from a philosophy or empowerment * Ability to work with a diverse population * Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize * Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence

Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling mailto:kdarling@dvas.org

– Residential Advisors: Location: Brattleboro, VT Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age; Effective communication skills to include ASL; Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training; Willingness to learn behavior management techniques; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

* Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student; Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential  Programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals

– Speech – Language Pathologist Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: part time

– Paraprofessionals Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: Part time

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related experience; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; Proficiency in ASL; Valid driver’s license; Willingness to obtain a VT bus license

* Responsibilities: Assist teachers with tutoring and instruction, classroom management and clerical tasks; Assist with morning residential program; Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include lifting guiding.

for all of the above positions that are based in Brattleboro, VT, please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau Austine School for the Deaf 209 Austine Dr Brattleboro, VT 05301

or send email to: mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

802-258-9510 Fax# 802-258-9574

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recruiting for applicants Pre-K Teacher The Louisiana Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired Baton Rouge, LA

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/louisianateacher/

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posting Deaf Youth Program Coordinator Deaf Services Center, Inc Worthington, Ohio

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/dypohio/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

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 Manager 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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DeafDigest – 12 October 2011

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 12, 2011

— A deaf person on a TV talk show that was not captioned!

Kayla Stubbs, newly crowned Miss Deaf Utah, was a guest on a recent local Utah TV talk show. There was a video of her appearance, and yes, it was NOT captioned! It is a big time shame.

 

— Steve Jobs and the deaf

1. Steve became late-deafened and people complained that loud iPod made people deaf!

2. Sarah Palin has thanked Steve for the iPad which will help her disabled deaf child communicate later in few years.

3. A TDI board member visited Apple headquarters in early eighties to see if the Apple II computer could be TTY- compatible. Steve was not interested.

4. AMRAD, an organization of radio and electronics hobbyists in the Washington, DC area, asked a deaf woman to program the Apple II to function as a computer TTY. The deaf woman was successful. It was during the early eighties.

5. Steve Jobs was wealthy. Did he donate money to deaf organizations? No. He was tight with his money.

6. Steve had Apple come up with many devices, which greatly helped the deaf with their communication needs.

7. A deaf business owner said: I don’t use a TTY thanks to Steve Jobs

 

— Captions on smartphones?

A husband-wife team of Michaela and Robin Nachtrab has founded a company, called VerbaVoice. It is based in Munich, Germany. This company wants to develop software that will produce captions on smartphones – without sign language and without interpreters! When a deaf person needs captions, he will press on a button in smartphone. A captioner, from a remote distance, will type in captions. A perfect example is an appointment with a doctor, without notepad, and without interpreters. Will it work? Time will tell.

 

— A Personal Care Attendant was fooled

In South Australia, a Personal Care Attendant was hired to take care of an individual that needed constant attention at home. No one told the Attendant that the individual was deaf and needed to communicate by sign language. The shocked Attendant then tried to communicate with the deaf man via gestures and body language but failed. She gave up but had to fight her way out of the house since the deaf man grabbed her and would not let her go!

 

— World’s best deaf scrabble player?

This coming December, Malaysia will be hosting the World
Youth Scrabble Championship. This event will involve
champion players from 33 different nations. One of the
participants is Amir Andi-Abdoerrachman, of Trinidad &
Tobaggo. He is deaf.

DeafDigest – 10 October 2011

DeafDigest Gold – October 9, 2011

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

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This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/restauranttty/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/audism/

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Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] – One of the Fastest on the Market

With a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of memory, the Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] is one of the fastest mobile phones on the market today. The Nexus S[tm] 4G comes pre-installed with all the Google apps you’ve come to know and love and is enabled with new and popular features like true multi-tasking, Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet calling, NFC support and full html web browsing.

Now priced at $49.99, (two year price $399.99) after $450 Instant Savings and $50.00 mail-in rebate via American Express Prepaid Reward Card. Eligible upgrade (or new line activation) and 2 year agreement required. Offer ends 11/12/11. Other monthly charges apply.

Find the Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf and hard of hearing people.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG100911

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

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

A strong tradition in Armenia is carpet-weaving. They make some of the world’s best carpets. In the town of Echmiadzin, one of the women carpet weavers is Narine Badalian. She is deaf. She said:

I love weaving carpets, the process takes away me somewhere and I become oblivious to everything and think only of beautiful things

We have a number of deaf personal trainers, those that goad their hearing clients into fine physical shape. There is one in United Kingdom – Michael Easton, but there is a difference. He is complaining that he is unable to attract hearing clients because of his deafness. It did not matter that he has a diploma and a personal trainer certificate and qualifications in nutrition and in some sports, hearing clients won’t come to him!

– Very Hot News

Armenia again, but for a different reason!

Going on right now is the European Deaf Wrestling Championships at Yerevan, Armenia. A group of Turkish wrestlers was denied entry into Armenia for two days because of visa issues. When officials at the Turkish Foreign Ministry heard about it, they quickly had the issue resolved with the Armenian government officials. The Turkish wrestlers are now at the tournament.

– Thursday October 6th

Conditions in prisons everywhere in the world are always bad – but the one at Isle of Man stands out for one reason. A deaf prisoner missed his meal – because no one told him of the meal call!

– Friday October 7th

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in United Kingdom has an important case coming up – to decide if the British government discriminated against Jean Cordell, a deaf woman who was qualified for a diplomatic mission but denied her the job. The reason was high costs of providing her with interpreters. This is probably her last legal resort because she has been defeated in each step in the due process system.

– Saturday October 8th

The committee voted 4-1 to redistrict 6th Congressional District, taking Carroll County and much of Frederick County out of it. Not too happy about it is Howard Gorrell. He is deaf and he is planning to file a lawsuit. The newspaper story said:

He attended all 12 of the redistricting committee’s hearings, is already planning to file suit over the map. “As a pro se litigant, I am drafting a complaint, which be filed with the District of Maryland of the United States District Court, unless the Governor will make major changes for compactness,” Gorrell said in an e-mail.

Gorrell, who has years of experience with hearing political matters, said it is not about the hearing, but about the deaf people that may be badly impacted by the redistricting. Maryland School for the Deaf is located right in Frederick County. And a large deaf community exists in Frederick County. Many Gallaudet employees commute to their homes in the county.

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Ádám Kósa, a deaf member of the European Parliament, is giving a speech on disability-related laws in Japan. He hopes this will help Japanese politicians understand and appreciate the needs of the deaf everywhere.

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25% off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd  for more details on our TTYs and all our other products.

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A DEAF RESTAURANT OWNER CANCELED HIS TTY LINE Years ago a deaf man owned a big restaurant. He put in a TTY line for the benefit of his deaf customers that wanted to make reservations or to order take out food. After using it for some time he stopped the TTY line. Why? Because his hearing employees did not know how to use it and the deaf owner was too busy every day with his restaurant business.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit http://deafdigest.com/videos/restauranttty/

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

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the Employment & Disability Institute at Cornell University

asks you to fill out a survey on employment issues facing the deaf and the disabled

for more information, go to: http://deafdigest.com/employmentsurvey/

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WHAT IS AUDISM? What is audism? Is it Audism if a hearing boss scolds his deaf employee, but he also scolds other hearing employees? Is it audism if a hearing person gives deaf person a dirty look on his face, but he also gives dirty look to other hearing people?

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/audism/

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

A DEAF PIGEON? Not the bird, but a hearing social/cultural club in United Kingdom that they call “Deaf Pigeon.” Why Deaf Pigeon? Do not know, but the British people tend to apply the word Deaf as a name of something – like a band or a club or a restaurant, etc! Are they respecting or mocking the deaf?

THE GREEN ON THE KENDALL GREEN Kendall Green is where Gallaudet University is located – and there is a great twist to it. The old tennis courts on the campus is no more. In its place is a vegetable garden, which grows produce for the food served at the Gallaudet cafeteria. And Gallaudet is going back to its old roots. The football field years ago before the name changed to Hotchkiss Stadium, was named Garlic Field – for obvious reasons. And there was the Hay Barn, again for obvious reasons before it was razed years ago.

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO (all videos are captioned)

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

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos, old and new, are always captioned.

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:

New Jersey Association of the Deaf

Visit: http://deafdigest.com/njassoc/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

my boss gestures when he wants me to do something, no need for a hearing aid

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

Deaf with C I

Huh! Should DeafDigest editor label himself as “deaf without CI”?

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Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

– Pah! For fun I Also provide: Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00 Full Card Reading – $47.00 One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

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Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students with more than 3.0 CEUs available for interpreters.

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, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, Franciso Olivera, etc.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes. Classes include 6-hour tracks on Islam and Judaism plus an opening Thursday class on Interpreter’s Guild.

Many vendors will have 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.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend. Almost 200 have registered already!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

11th 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 2012 trip will begin July 28, 2012.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The Small Business web site ran a piece on workplace safety among the deaf employees, especially with machinery and heavy equipment. And that the employers should be mandated to make the workplace safe for the deaf, as well as for the hearing alike.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. We keep hearing that the American Disabilities Act requires all states to provide help for deaf and hard of hearing.  Is that so? If so, how does that happen?

A. 50 different states, 50 different ADA regulations. This is why disability attorneys get wealthy!

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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Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Cold weather has arrived,  but the temperature is unpredictable!

Trying to read the outdoor thermometer is frustrating.

Instead of buying a large print thermometer, go to your computer!

In your computer,(I have Dell and Windows 7), click start, then search box, then type in “Desktop Gadgets”

You can install a weather gadget and search your zip code.

Now, all we have to do is start the computer and weather

information and temperature specifics are at your finger tips!

Enjoy the foliage!

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

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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Wish List of the Week:

that a deaf person will win a high ranking election for public office

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DeafHistory:

Year 1911 – Cal Rodgers became the first deaf pilot to fly an airplane coast to coast, a trip which took 84 days and included many stops. Tragically, he died a year later in a plane crash.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

In India –

25,000 deaf children born annually

550 schools for the deaf

1 of every 10 deaf children that go to school for the deaf

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DeafLibrary Resources

Legal issues related to deaf and discrimination and etc http://deafdigest.com/legal-issues-related-to-deaf-discrimination-ada-etc/

it is a long reading

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is at: http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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position opening School Counselor/Psychologist The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Scranton, PA

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is seeking a School Counselor/Psychologist.  Advanced ASL skills preferred.

Act 34, Act 151, FBI Clearances and PA Certification req.d. Excellent salary and benefits

Visit our website at http://www.thescrantonschool.org to view the full position posting.

Send resume to: WPSD Human Resources 300 E Swissvale Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Fax 412-244-4211 mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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Open positions The Learning Center for the Deaf & Walden School Framingham, MA

– High School Teacher – Science http://deafdigest.com/tlcscience/

– ASL Specialist http://deafdigest.com/tlcaslspecialist/

– Classroom Assistant – Secondary Department http://deafdigest.com/tlcclassroomasst/

– Overnight Child Care Worker – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/waldenchildcare/

– Teacher – Walden School http://deafdigest.com/tlcwaldenteacher/

– Intensive Care Coordinator – Wraparound http://deafdigest.com/tlcintensive/

Send resume to:

The Learning Center for the Deaf 848 Central Street Framingham, MA 01701 Attn: Personnel Department

Or apply online: http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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Job advertisement PAHrtners of Deaf Services Glenside, PA

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

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

– OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN:  (Full time/Part time)

This position provides clinical services to individuals and family members on a fee for service basis.  Responsibilities include: Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.   Qualifications:  The qualified candidate shall possess:  Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and children.

– THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR:  (Full time position)

This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2 years experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.

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

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Bernadette Class, Office Coordinator Deaf Services Center 614 N. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:bclass@salisb.com

or Fax: 215-884-6301

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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program Department of Educational Psychology College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota

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

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed.  This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

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

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

Responsibilities: •    Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year. •    Prepare course content •    Evaluate student performance •    Meet with individual students as needed

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

Desired qualifications •    MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields. •    Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:    The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011.   Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273.  Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.

Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to: ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington 240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 1954 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108

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

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posting Executive Director Foundation for Deaf Education Buffalo, NY

The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director.  This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means.  This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.

LOCATION:          Buffalo, New York SALARY:          Based upon qualifications EMPLOYEE TYPE:       Full-Time REPORTS TO:          Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors

QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.

PREFERENCE:     Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.

–    Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to:  mailto:barbarap@smsdk12.org or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

–    Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.

The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE

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announces openings for Community Inclusion Specialists The American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time available

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.

SCOPE OF DUTIES: This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system.  Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required.  Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs.  In-state travel is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: (a)    Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. (b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY: You may download an application from our website:  http://www.asd-1817.org

Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX:  (860) 570-1832

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Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf Austin, TX

http://www.tsd.jobs

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.

TSD is an EEO employer.

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Job Announcement Executive Director Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org

job description at: http://deafdigest.com/kcdtn/

Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search C/O Teressa Gregory 410 Taliwa Drive Knoxville, TN 37920

AND/OR via email at: mailto:kcdboard@kcdtn.org

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position opening Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator Hamilton Relay Services Staffed in Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Knowledge of: –    Effective communication and public outreach techniques. –    Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users. –    Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service –    Senior Citizens Community –    Hard of Hearing Community

Skill in: –    Organizing outreach and educational campaigns. –    Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences. –    Excellent presentations skills –    Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

Ability to: –    Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies. –    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. –    Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.

Education and Experience: –    Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred. –    Experience in public relations activities. –    Hold a valid driver’s license. –    Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: http://www.WorkForHamilton.com or contact our Corporate HR office at 800.821.1831 by September 15, 2011.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

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 Manager 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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DeafDigest – 09 October 2011

DeafDigest Blue – October 9, 2011

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

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This week’s ASL Videos with captions: http://deafdigest.com/videos/longway/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafnessdisability/

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Slightly Scary Stories in ASL

Get ready for Halloween with the DVD “Slightly Scary Stories for Halloween”, available at Harris Communications. Included are three different stories “By the light of the Halloween moon”; “What’s under my bed”; and “Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman”. They are all signed in ASL (no captions) with music and voice over.

This DVD was created by Scholastic. For over 85 years, they have created quality products that educate, entertain and motivate children.

Fun for the whole family, “Slightly Scary Stories for Halloween” (DVD072) is available at Harris Communications for only $14.99.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB100911

or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD (www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high speed internet through free video communications equipment and discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at: http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Susan Tiller, who departed us. She founded the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center of Corpus Christi, TX. After retiring in 2005 as the director, she came back in 2009 to help her agency pull through hard economic times. She was extremely supportive of ASL and steered many individuals towards careers in interpreting.

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

There are many different programs, different themes and different performances that help create sign language (and deafness) awareness. A new one is this – a photograph of 26 famous Irish hearing individuals, each one showing an alphabet letter sign from A to Z. The photograph was taken to create awareness of the Irish Sign Language. It is being shown at the Signs of Life showing at the Filmbase in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

Pushing very hard for many years for TV subtitles in Great Britain was 77-year old Alan Roberts. His work has finally been duly recognized in the British newspapers. The TV executives know who he is because he had been pestering them for years as more of a “one man’ crusade!

– Very Hot News

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has placed a 100-page a day limit on people that send and receive text messages. The deaf people are very upset about it. While the hearing people are also angry, it is the deaf that are much more angry about it than the hearing.

– Sunday October 2nd

Veteran educator of the deaf Richard W. Fee is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialists Award. He will spend the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. At the university he will advise people in the Deaf Education field.

– Monday October 3rd

The FCC Diversity Committee is supposed focus on the needs of the deaf and the disabled. this such committee has appointed new members. How many of them are deaf or represent deaf-related groups? Apparently, just one – Faye Kuo of Communication Services for the Deaf.

– Tuesday October 4th

Professional standardbred driver Rick Macomber, who is deaf, has already earned $2,304,950 in prize winnings as of September 30th. His best was last season when he won $2,823,874. With three months remaining, he stands a good chance of exceeding last year’s best. For those that do not know what standardbred racing is, then look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standardbred_horse

Rick is the only former Gallaudet athlete (basketball and soccer) to earn a full time living in a professional sport!

– Wednesday October 5th

The Prevention Magazine, in its most recent edition, ran a piece, titled – Fit over 40. And in the “boost your brain power” section, it said:

Master the unspoken word: Learning any new language is challenging, particularly as we get older. With sign language, you also require your brain to work in different ways, since you’ll have to communicate with your hands instead of your mouth. Teach yourself the sign language alphabet, then try to sign some basic sentences to your spouse or a friend

Hmm! That easy to learn fingerspelling in 1-2-3 steps?

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Madan Vasishta, a deaf man who formerly served the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf and the New Mexico School for the Deaf as superintendent, was appointed as the honorary director of the Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre. Madan left India to enroll at Gallaudet as freshman years ago. And now he is giving it back to the deaf of India.

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

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A FRUSTRATING WAY TO COMMUNICATE A long time ago, there was no TTY. The family members were planning a surprise party for the hearing parents of a deaf person. The hearing family members wanted to let the deaf person know about it in advance. There was not enough time to mail the letter and for it to arrive. And there was no way to tell the deaf person on the phone. Instead, a family member told the deaf person’s mother to tell her deaf son to meet the family member at a library in the city. It took about one hour to go to the library. And the meeting with the hearing family member was only five minutes (to tell him about the surprise party). Then another hour to go home!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/longway/

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DEAFNESS NOT A DISABILITY Is deafness a disability? One coach of a sports team at Gallaudet said:

Deafness by itself is not a disability

He is right. Gallaudet has all sports and they play against hearing college teams. Our football, basketball, baseball, swimming, volleyball teams beat many hearing colleges last year. So is deafness really a disability? No!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafnessdisability/

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

THE CENSORSHIP AND THE FCC Recently an issue surfaced regarding the censorship in some TV captions, and whether FCC allowed it? The FCC never allowed censorship. It was “overlooked” when FCC went through its rulemaking procedures regarding closed captions. Now that FCC is aware of it, they may just do something about censorship – because we, the deaf, are entitled to everything that is being said, just as much as the hearing people are.

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE DEAF? What is it like to be deaf? This is the question that Emma Reilly is trying to answer. She has published a booklet that hopes to educate the public on what deafness is all about and on how to deal with it. Emma is 15 years old and a school student in Great Britain, and yes, she is deaf herself. She says that some of her classmates are uncomfortable dealing with her because of her deafness.

THE THIRD WORLD NATIONS AND THE DEAF Many deaf people everywhere communicate via signs, be it a formal sign language or an oral sign language or a body language-based sign language or gesture-based sign language. And again, there are many other deaf people that just don’t sign at all! The Kojo Nnamdi radio show, popular in USA, recently aired the topic of sign languages in these third world nations.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a hearing person telling another hearing person:

look at the interpreter making this funny sign for this word

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Can someone work as a court reporter and a CART provider or realtime captioner at the same time?  This is a question that I have been asked a number of times.

Most CART providers and realtime captioners actually started their careers as court reporters and have transitioned to their new professions.  Some do it gradually by working in both jobs at the same time.  Some just decide they are going to change jobs and make a quick change.

Even though court reporters and captioners use the same basic skills, there is a very different mindset that one must have in each position.  For court reporters, the main objective is to make a verbatim record.  The reporter must focus on getting something phonetic for every single word that is said.

For CART providers and captioners, the main objective is communication access.  The captioner can’t just write words phonetically and prepare a transcript later.  The words must translate so that the people reading the screens can understand what is being said.

Some court reporters can successfully work as CART providers or captioners at the same time, but it takes a lot of skill and concentration to focus on what to write in certain circumstances.

For example, if the name of the fictional character “Stephen Dedalus” were to be said and it was not already loaded in a computer dictionary, a court reporter would just write the name phonetically, and it might come up a “dead lust.”  A captioner would either have to fingerspell the name or find another way to communicate to the audience what was said.

THE NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ISSUE AND THE FCC RULE! The FCC has this rule that all political candidates must get equal campaigning time on the air. And this is where North Carolina School for the Deaf is involved – only as an innocent party. Morganton mayor Mel Cohen used the TV to urge town people to attend a forum on how to keep the school alive, in view of the planned state budget cuts. And, oh, by the way he is running for reelection in what promises to be a nasty mayoral race. Mayoral candidate Robert Griner objected to this “airing” even when it was for a good cause – and as a result, he is getting 1,600 hours of free air time – to equal the incumbent mayor’s air time. DeafDigest says no matter – as long as North Carolina School for the Deaf (and also Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf) is saved.

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

Against his will, a young deaf boy was forced to attend an oral school. Despite graduating from the oral school, his memories remain bitter even right up to his middle age. And when friends remind him of his oral training, he would turn his head away from them. He married ASL woman and their deaf children are all ASL-trained.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

We have the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Best news for us? Not quite, as far as the industry is concerned. They are working very hard behind the scenes to try to water it down. And when it is watered down, it means no 100 percent captioning on everything. This is politics at its’ best (or at its’ worst).

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The Deaf and the Law:

During the Babylonian Days, around 1700-1600 BC, a new law was written on the books regarding insanity defense among criminals in the court rooms. Part of the law mentioned the deaf – if the deaf person commits a crime, then he may be charged; but if the hearing person commits a crime involving the deaf then the deaf cannot be charged

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Communication Service for the Deaf might be well known in Sioux Falls, SD, but the airport people do not know it. Apparently a  huge throng of deaf people at the Sioux Falls airport unnerved one airport ticket counter employee. She spoke on the microphone, requesting that all deaf people report to her. And when the deaf people naturally didn’t, she spoke up again. An interpreter then came to the employee, explaining the situation, it fell on the counter person’s deaf (no pun intended) ears! Fortunately for all involved, everything went on smoothly and there were no incidents.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Years way back (before the DC riots of 1968) H Street NE was a destination of small stores, small shops and restaurants. It was a popular shopping venue for Gallaudet students, just a brisk 4-5 block walk from the campus. The riots changed all that. Now, gentrification is slowly changing H Street NE into the way it was years back, and this will be great news for Gallaudet students. Things are looking up geographically from the Gallaudet campus – metro stop and new high tech sector on the west, and the H Street sector on the south.

(editor’s note: five years later, H Street, NE has surfaced as one of the hottest sites in the District of Columbia. Gallaudet students are lucky)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Are we seeing hearing individuals, risking deafness as a matter of principle? In Texas, the state government is asking all new college students under the age of 30 to get bacterial meningitis vaccinations. Yet there are some college students that object to “forced” vaccinations, as a matter of principle. Well, one of the causes of deafness is bacterial meningitis.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A friend said:

His name is Tom Stith

I thought the friend said:

His name is Tom Smith

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position openings in Rehabilitation field in Georgia

–  Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deafness program is seeking a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing caseload in Dublin and surrounding counties.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082276 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-15.05.05.916369

–  Cave Springs Rehabilitation Center is seeking a Life Adjustment Supervisor responsible for the direction and operation of the 52 bed dormitory and the coordination of Independent Living Skills Training for the students. Duties include supervision of the dormitory staff, coordinating the staff’s work schedules and activities, managing the physical maintenance of the dormitory, and ensuring the safety and accountability of all students.

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00155920 &entry_timestamp=2011-10-04-10.42.34.584892

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position announcement Independent Living Skills Specialist The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center position based in Las Vegas, Nevada

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada.  DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/Non-exempt Location: Position available in Las Vegas Posting date: September 28, 2011 Closing date: October 14, 2011

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Individual provides independent living skills training and support for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to develop or maintain a maximum level of independence and ensure a higher quality of life living in the community. Individual conducts accurate assessment and develops a service plan based on clients. need and input. Provides all services outlined in the individualized service plan including skill development, training, education, support and assistance to each clients. Skill development areas focus on, but are not limited to, literacy, employment readiness, financial management, time management, using communication technologies, transportation and housing. Participates in the technology/equipment distribution as well as in the community education responsibilities of the Center.  Conducts, develops and implements program activities for DHHARC. Conducts outreach responsibilities as assigned which may include travel to rural areas.  Works in the evening and during weekend when needed. SALARY: $36,244 – $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: – Knowledge of advocacy techniques – Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws – Maintain effective record keeping practices – Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required. – Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services – Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs – Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion – Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential – Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation – Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: – Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (October 14, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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job title Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Montana School for the Deaf & Blind position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   The successful employee must be self-directed and able to work with limited supervision or direction.   The position requires extensive travel working hours beyond those of a typical teaching position with an average of 2 to 3 nights away from home each week.  The position may require occasional work on weekends and extended workdays with meetings before and after regular school hours.  This is a “tele-work” position requiring the employee to work out of a home-based office, usually located in a community outside of Great Falls.  Telework employees must be able to maintain the basic machines and functions of an office as well as securing routine maintenance for the state vehicle assigned to the position.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are: 1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible. 2.    Letters of reference from previous three employers (3 letters of reference). 3.    Transcripts or all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 4.    Copies of Professional Licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position. 5.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form. 6.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form. 7.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website:  http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION:  This position is a contracted position 200 days.  Salary is determined by the schedule as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligible state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance.  Other benefits include deferred compensation program and retirement.  Employees earn approximately 3.69 hours of sick leave for each 80 hours pay period worked and employees who qualify are entitled to up to 15 days military leave with full pay.  Earned

leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & BLIND using the information provided above.  TTY users may call the TTY number if available or use the relay service by dialing 711-253-4091.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: http://mt.gov!stateiobs/stateiobs.asp . You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center..

SPECIAL INFORMATION: MSDB IS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN.  Grades encompassed in this program include elementary, middle school, and high school levels.    The schedule may also be adjusted temporarily or permanently for reasons such as training, meetings, student needs, agency needs, emergencies, etc.  This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an .Applicant Release Form. must be completed and signed as part of the application.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

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positions open Austine School for the Deaf & Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing various locations in Vermont

Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.

– Teacher /Coordinator, William Center Location: Brattleboro,VT Time Base: Full -Time

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience. Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism. Training and experience in instruction improvement Effective communication skills to include ASL Responsibilities: Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers. Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program. Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center. Maintain accurate records.

– Victim Advocate/community educator Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services Location: statewide Vermont Time Base: 2 part-time positions

Qualifications: * BA degree or equivalent experience * Fluency in American Sign Language

Advocacy experience: * Work from a philosophy or empowerment * Ability to work with a diverse population * Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize * Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence

Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling mailto:kdarling@dvas.org

– Residential Advisors: Location: Brattleboro, VT Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age; Effective communication skills to include ASL; Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training; Willingness to learn behavior management techniques; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

* Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student; Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential  Programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals

– Speech – Language Pathologist Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: part time

– Paraprofessionals Location: Brattleboro, VT Time Base: Part time

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related experience; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; Proficiency in ASL; Valid driver’s license; Willingness to obtain a VT bus license

* Responsibilities: Assist teachers with tutoring and instruction, classroom management and clerical tasks; Assist with morning residential program; Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include lifting guiding.

for all of the above positions that are based in Brattleboro, VT, please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau Austine School for the Deaf 209 Austine Dr Brattleboro, VT 05301

or send email to: mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

802-258-9510 Fax# 802-258-9574

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recruiting for applicants Pre-K Teacher The Louisiana Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired Baton Rouge, LA

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/louisianateacher/

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posting Deaf Youth Program Coordinator Deaf Services Center, Inc Worthington, Ohio

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/dypohio/

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position opening Large Accounts Director, VRS Purple Rocklin, CA

more information at: http://deafdigest.com/purplelargeaccounts/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

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 Manager 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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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

http://deafdigest.com

DeafDigest – 05 October 2011

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 5, 2011

— New Zealand tells the deaf to listen for radio announcements

Worried about the deaf being unaware of incoming disasters
(earthquakes, tsunamis, etc) the government emergency officials
told deaf people to listen to the radio for updates and
announcements. This is hard to believe.

— Must use the telephone to make an appointment for
a citizenship interview!

A deaf resident of Malaysia was denied in his application to
become a citizen. It was not because he was deaf but because
he missed the citizenship interview. All applicants must
telephone to make an appointment for a citizenship interview.
This deaf man was not aware of it because no one told him he
had to find someone to make the telephone call for him!
The Malaysian law states that people could only apply for
citizenship once every five years, and this deaf man has
to wait until 2016! Already, activists are screaming at
the government in his favor.

— To be able to hear or to be able to taste, your choice!

A deaf British woman was recently implanted at the age of
40, and she was thrilled about being able to hear. But she
lost something else – the ability to taste food. For some
reason, the operation robbed her of the taste sense! This
means when she eats, she does not know if the food is
delicious or lousy. How did this happen is a Medical
Mystery.

 

— Are deaf filmmakers lucky in United Kingdom?

We have many deaf Americans interested in filmmaking and
also in Great Britain. The British Sign Language Broadcasting
Trust, howebrt, offers deaf British filmmakers a chance to
win £4,500 ($6,930 in USA dollars) earmarked towards their
filmmaking expenses. There is no such a contest in USA.
Deaf Brits luckier than us?

— Which deaf football team is in a Subway video?

The Subway is featuring its High School Hero program that will
be shown on the Facebook and Youtube. Subway elected 10 different
high schools – one showing a cooking team, a robot-building team,
a deaf football team, etc. Which deaf football team is it? There
are 30 schools for the deaf with football teams this season. And
the team is at:
http://csdr-cde.ca.gov/athletics/?p=2776

DeafDigest – 02 October 2011

DeafDigest Gold – October 2, 2011

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-travelmenu/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-roughriders/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/choices/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/frenchdeaf/

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Superior Speed and Display with the Samsung Epic[tm] 4G

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It has an expansive 4.0″ Super AMOLED display, full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and super responsive touchscreen
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Find the Samsung Epic[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf
and hard of hearing people.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG100211

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

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; 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:

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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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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans
into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD
(www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government
as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high
speed internet through free video communications equipment and
discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training
videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from
our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC,
iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search
features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation,
and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place
and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi
or mobile broadband is available.
The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to
YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at:
http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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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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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

In an unusual move, approximately 100 deaf immigrants,
all of them in USA illegally, are applying for political asylum in the Southern California area.
If they succeed it may be a first – because a deaf person has never been given asylum for deafness-related persecution in their home nations. But by applying
they are putting themselves at risk because of their
status as illegal immigrants.

The Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Children Deaf and Hard of Hearing Subcommittee is hiring a
Listening and Spoken Language specialist to work with
families of deaf children, up to age 3. Wow, so many
words for a title of a committee. And also so many words
for a job title! Is it impossible to just keep names
easy to remember, short and simple?

– Very Hot News

The doctors in the northcentral part of London have been
telling deaf patients – get your own interpreters; we will
not pay for interpreting services. Health care authorities
are now investigating why this is happening. The guess
was that the government has stopped paying for interpreters,
and the doctors are refusing to pick up the tab.

– Thursday September 29th

Tired of seeing her deaf son being bullied on the school bus,
and with the school authorities doing nothing about it,
an angry mother took the action into her own hands. She
entered the school bus and confronted the bullies. For
all of her pains, she has been charged with 13 counts of
assault (one for each child on the bus plus the bus driver)
and for burglary. She did not touch anyone and has claimed
the bus driver bruised her arms. And even though she did not
steal anything, it was considered burglary because of her
unauthorized entry into the bus! This incident took place
in Marion County, Tennessee.

– Friday September 30th

Jonathan Amuah, a member of the Governing Board of Africa Contact Group for Mental Health and Deafness said, in a
press conference in Ghana, that mainstreamed programs
need to have interpreters. Without interpreters, these
deaf students would suffer in isolation.

– Saturday October 1st

Need to go to a CI specialist for equipment maintenance?
No, if The Ear Science Institute of Australia has its
way. This group is working on software to have CI users
get their equipment maintained via the internet. This
announcement, however, did not mention issues with
CI users that are internet-illiterate!

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

To keep up with changing times, all universities must have
master campus plans from time to time. Gallaudet University
is no exception, just that the government of District of
Columbia makes it a requirement of its universities. Input
was gathered from different sectors on and off the campus
and Gallaudet has come up with a list of ideas. These
range from “contracting” the size of the Gallaudet campus,
erecting bridges to make walks on campus much easier,
developing land across the 6th street in where lies the
Farmers’ Market, becoming a landowner by purchasing property
in the immediate neighborhood and lastly – a “MSSD/Bilingual High School.” The latter is a complication because it was
Congress, way back in sixties that paved the way for the
current Model Secondary School for the Deaf. For all of
the above, just stay tuned.

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Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM
Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM

for Deaf Youth

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

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

http://deafdigest.com/lafamilia

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

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25%
off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and
state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for
you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at:
http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd for more details on
our TTYs and all our other products.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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TOO MANY CHOICES
When hearing parents realize that their new child is
deaf, there are too many choices:

– send the child to a deaf school
– send the child to a mainstreamed program
– give the deaf child a hearing aid
– give the deaf child a CI
– allow the child to use ASL
– place the child in a Cued Speech program
– place the child in an oral program

It is the same as going to a supermarket to buy
a ketchup and you are confused with 10 different
ketchup brands.
Sigh!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit
http://deafdigest.com/videos/choices/

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

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Announcement

Deaf History International Conference

July 24th to 29th, 2012

Toronto, Canada

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/dhitoronto/

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A DEAF PERSON IN FRANCE
A deaf person has lived in France for two years.
This person lives in a small town that is near Paris and travels
to Paris very often.
In two years, how many deaf people has that person met in France?
Just one deaf person!
It is hard to believe because the Paris metropolitan area
has about 12 million people.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/frenchdeaf/

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

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates

Are you concerned about yellow teeth and you have important events coming up soon like wedding day or lecturing seminars?

* Britesmile – Same Day Whitening Technique in Office

Do you dislike braces that has wires?

* Invisalign – Clear Orthodontic Treatment to Straighten Your Minor
Crooked Teeth

Are your dentures loose? Does your denture tooth break off? Do you need emergency denture repair?

* Same Day Denture Repair Service – Must Come in Early in the Morning and Pick Up at the end of the Day

Are you scared of needles for new fillings?

* Air Abrasion Technique does not require Needles for New Fillings

What about for extractions, replace old fillings, and other treatments?

* The Wand – It’s a Lesser Painful or Painless Technique than
Conventional Needle Technique

* Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Provides Calm Environment

Are you scared of contaminated water in dental office?

* Brand New Self-Contained Distilled Water System to Prevent
Contamination to Patients

Are you a workaholic during the day and can’t see a dentist at least
two times a year?

* One Saturday per month in Gaithersburg office from 8am to 1pm

Are you tired of writing on paper when communicating or frustrated with not getting an interpreter for your dental needs?

Two Full Time Deaf Dentists Proficient in American Sign Language:

Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Bo Byun

* Staff Trained in Sign Language Efficiency

If you have any more questions, contact us at
mailto:doctorbyun@hotmail.com for Dr. Bo Byun or mailto:SRattner@aol.com for Dr. Steven Rattner. Our dental offices are located in College Park, MD and Rockville/Gaithersburg, MD. Our phone number for TTY is 301-474-8278. Our website is http://www.drrattner.com

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A TREND IN FLORIDA
The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, in
Florida, has been seeing a trend.
The population of hard of hearing individuals have
been increasing, these with baby boom late deafness issues. And they are of younger age, thanks to exposure to loud noises.
This simply increases the client load at the
Service Center.

A COMMENT BY A CI USER
A CI user posted this comment on her web site.
She wrote:

A lot of people with a hearing impairment express their frustration with family and friends who think that just because they now have hearing aid or even an implantable hearing solution such as a cochlear implant or baha, they are expected to hear perfectly again.

The writer, Felicity Bleckly, a deaf Australian
woman, is correct. She maintains her own web site
that covers hearing issues.

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO
(all videos are captioned)

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

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos,
old and new, are always captioned.

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:

New Hampshire Association of the Deaf

Visit:
http://deafdigest.com/nhassoc/

DELAYS IN PROCESSING SSDI APPLICATIONS
Deaf people that apply for SSII may be frustrated upon
realizing that there is a mandate among SSA personnel
to slow down the processing of SSDI applications!
It is already bad enough that deaf applicants may have
waited for over a year to start getting their SSDI checks,
let alone coping with a mandatory slowdown.
Why slowdown? Because of a quirk in the fiscal year
calendar! Fiscal years, for most part is based on a 52-week
calendar. This year, however, it is based on a 53-week
calendar. And SSA workers’ performances are based on a 52-week calendar, not on a 53-week calendar.
Quirks in Federal regulations and quirks in a Fiscal
Year calendar equals a bad combination.

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

No one comes and talks with me

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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?

When I tell people that I am hearing impaired, they think
something is wrong with me. But if I tell people I am deaf
they say nothing is wrong with me except that I can’t hear!

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*Year-round American Sign Language Master Tutor Lessons via Web-Cam or VP*

Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long
distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a
video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf
customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to
friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

– Pah! For fun I Also provide:
Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00
Full Card Reading – $47.00
One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

(new web site)
http://asltarotreader.weebly.com/

Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

Email: ASLtarot@ gmail.com

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference
June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes
for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students.

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, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, and 20 other highly
regarded presenters.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes with
most having RID CEUs applied for.

Many vendors will have 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.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for
registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.
You can register for 2012 at only $149!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and
interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math
Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories
in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

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 for daily videos!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Deaf people need something to wake them up in the morning.
For some it is a tap on the shoulder by a hearing person,
for some it is a flashing wake up device, for some it is a
vibrating device, and for some, they have their own inner body
alarm clock that tells them it is time to wake up. And in the
case of inventor James Stevens, Nashville, TN, who invented a mist-spray wake up device (water doused on the sleeping deaf person)! He is currently struggling with a patent for this invention.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why are there always people that think that a CI
automatically makes a hearing person out of a deaf person?

A. There are always people that look for quick fixes to solve
any problem!

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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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

Foliage season has begun up here in Vermont.

Also, it is the beginning of cold and flu season.

We Deaf-Blind do get sick and communication must go on! (In some situations)

Interpreters, SSPs and friends need to be protected.

Here are some suggestions:
— Have disinfecting wash and wipes handy

— You could also have purel in a small sized container to carry with you

— Do let the Deaf-Blind people you work with know you are sick.  Protection works both ways!

— Get your Flu shot!

Have a healthy season!

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

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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Wish List of the Week:

We have a serious shortage of interpreters everywhere.
This being said, we wish that more and more ASL-fluent
Codas join the interpreting profession, especially
those that have lost their regular jobs because of
this terrible economy. Of course, these ASL-fluent
Codas must still master all these different interpreting certificate standards! These ASL-fluent
Codas would then become our “accidental” interpreters.

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DeafHistory:

Year 1943 – The Fort Worth Association of the Deaf
was established. This organization, based in Fort Worth,
Texas, is still in existence.

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

750,00
number of Americans applying for SSDI

3,000
cases reviewed by the SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
on a normal working day

230 cases closed out one day last week because of the slowdown

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DeafLibrary Resources

a short list of deaf winners of the Nobel Prize

deafdigest.com/deafnobel/

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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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best in the nation.

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Open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf & Walden School
Framingham, MA

– High School Teacher – Science
http://deafdigest.com/tlcscience/

– ASL Specialist
http://deafdigest.com/tlcaslspecialist/

– Classroom Assistant – Secondary Department
http://deafdigest.com/tlcclassroomasst/

– Overnight Child Care Worker – Walden School
http://deafdigest.com/waldenchildcare/

– Teacher – Walden School
http://deafdigest.com/tlcwaldenteacher/

– Intensive Care Coordinator – Wraparound
http://deafdigest.com/tlcintensive/

Send resume to:

The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Attn: Personnel Department

Or apply online:
http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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Job advertisement PAHrtners of Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

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

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

– OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN:  (Full time/Part time)

This position provides clinical services to individuals and family
members on a fee for service basis.  Responsibilities include: 
Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals,
families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities
to accommodate the need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge
summaries and other reports as required.   Qualifications:  The
qualified candidate shall possess:  Masters in Social Work or
Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of
Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of
impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons
who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and
children. 

– THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR:  (Full time
position)

This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops
and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The qualified
candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or any other
human services field; must have 2 years experience with individuals
with mental illness and/or mental retardation including treatment
planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL required; must
be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team environment. 
Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for
wellness maintenance and psycho-educational workshops.

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

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Bernadette Class, Office Coordinator
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:bclass@salisb.com

or Fax: 215-884-6301   

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Teaching Specialist Position American Sign Language Program
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota

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

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional development projects and meeting with individual students as needed.  This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

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

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

Responsibilities:
•    Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate level per Academic year.
•    Prepare course content
•    Evaluate student performance
•    Meet with individual students as needed

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

Desired qualifications •    MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related fields.
•    Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:    The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching Specialist beginning January 12, 2012 and ending May 27, 2012.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, however the search committee will review complete applications on October 19, 2011.   Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position, and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  Applicants must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota Job Center at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – search requisition number 174273.  Criteria for the 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant can be found online at the University of Minnesota Job Center under the job posting.

Send transcripts and videotaped introduction to:
ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington
240 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

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

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posting
Executive Director
Foundation for Deaf Education
Buffalo, NY

The Foundation for Deaf Education seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic person to serve as an Executive Director.  This professional will need to promote and develop initiatives to assist deaf educational needs through fundraising and other means.  This is an established foundation requiring an individual that is able to explore new and exciting opportunities that will enable the Foundation to grow to the next level.

LOCATION:          Buffalo, New York
SALARY:          Based upon qualifications
EMPLOYEE TYPE:       Full-Time
REPORTS TO:          Foundation for Deaf Education Board of Directors

QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in fundraising and not-for-profit organizations.

PREFERENCE:     Bachelor’s Degree; experience working with the deaf community and willingness to learn sign language.

–    Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume and references to:  mailto:barbarap@smsdk12.org or mail to Barb Pfeiffer, c/o St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

–    Review of application packets will begin on October 15, 2011.

The Foundation for Deaf Education is an EOE

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announces openings for
Community Inclusion Specialists
The American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Full-time and Part-Time available

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America.

SCOPE OF DUTIES:
This position, under the supervision of the Adult Vocational Services Director, provides community living supports to a deaf individual with cognitive limitations and/or other additional disabilities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must possess a High School Diploma. Familiarity with mental retardation and physical disabilities. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Fluency in American Sign Language and/or manual communication system.  Driver’s license and personal car. Availability during evening hours and weekends is required.  Must be flexible in scheduling to meet client coverage needs.  In-state travel is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
(a)    Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.
(b)    Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY:
You may download an application from our website:  http://www.asd-1817.org

Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX:  (860) 570-1832

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Positions Available Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, TX

http://www.tsd.jobs

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing as a leader in deaf education. It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2011-2012 school year. There are various positions available including Student Development Coordinator, Elementary Teacher, Audiologist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Interpreter, and Nurse. To view the job postings for these positions and all the positions we have available, visit our website at www.tsd.jobs. Positions include full State benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay, and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10 lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big cities, most educated cities, top rated cities, and the list continues. Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax, Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs.

TSD is an EEO employer.

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Job Announcement
Executive Director
Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD)
Knoxville, TN

Job Announcement: Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is seeking an Executive Director. KCD a growing organization based in Knoxville, TN, with 11 full-time staff, a 15-member Board of Directors, 30 freelance interpreters, and over 250 deaf community members and volunteers dedicated to providing interpreting services, advocacy and community/outreach programs for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind in Eastern Tennessee.

For more information: http://www.kcdtn.org

job description at:
http://deafdigest.com/kcdtn/

Annual Salary $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send Resume, Letter of Interest and two letters of recommendation to:

KCD Executive Director Search
C/O Teressa Gregory
410 Taliwa Drive
Knoxville, TN 37920

AND/OR
via email at: mailto:kcdboard@kcdtn.org

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position opening
Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator Hamilton Relay Services
Staffed in Baltimore, MD

Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

Knowledge of:
–    Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
–    Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
–    Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service
–    Senior Citizens Community –    Hard of Hearing Community

Skill in:
–    Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
–    Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.
–    Excellent presentations skills
–    Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

Ability to:
–    Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies.
–    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
–    Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.

Education and Experience: –    Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred. –    Experience in public relations activities.
–    Hold a valid driver’s license. –    Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: http://www.WorkForHamilton.com or contact our Corporate HR office at 800.821.1831 by September 15, 2011.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

*  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles

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 Manager
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/

DeafDigest – 02 October 2011

DeafDigest Blue – October 2, 2011

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year
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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-bribe/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-accident/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafattorney/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/subwayorder/

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Save During Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Safety Month and Harris Communications wants to help
keep you safe with 15% off all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms during
the whole month of October!

Products include easy-to-install plug-in smoke alarms. You can select
individual smoke or carbon monoxide alarms or combination units for dual
monitoring. Both photoelectric and ionization alarms are available as
well as the new Lifetone HL(tm) Bedside Fire Alarm and Clock which
monitors T3 alarms installed in your house.

Check out the many smoke and carbon monoxide alarms we have available
for deaf and hard of hearing people—and save! Contact us if you have
questions. This sale ends October 31, 2011.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB100211

or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;
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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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD
(www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government
as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high
speed internet through free video communications equipment and
discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training
videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from
our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at:
http://www.att.com/vl5

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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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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 stories are saying about the deaf?

Years ago DeafDigest editor met a deaf man from France who made Correspondence Education his full time living. He corresponded with students via mail, correcting their classroom papers and then sending the stuff back to them. Fast forward today, Douglas McCarty, who is deaf, teaches online courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Students do not know he is deaf while they interact with him. He was written up in a recent press release.

The LionWorks Printing & Graphics is a print shop owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. It trains students to run the business, while at the same time serving the local community with their printing needs – restaurant menus, a community
newsletter, business cards, business literature. It also serves the school and its classes with their printing needs. A big client is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

– Very Hot News

We are getting closer and closer to having our internet
video programs captioned. The FCC is asking us for our
comments on how to make this possible. This is not a
simple request because the final ruling will force
TV stations, cable systems, broadcast networks and
cable networks and just about anything else.

– Sunday September 25th

Kansas School for the Deaf has a big ceremony, celebrating its 150th anniversary. It is located in Olathe, which is not too far from the metro Kansas City area.

– Monday September 26th

Well known deaf performer Deanna Bray with her
own presentation regarding a serious issue
with deaf women. Do view it at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_UclJCbDa0

It is open captioned

– Tuesday September 27th

Hawley, PA, is a small town with just 1,200 residents.
And DeafDigest does not know if there are deaf residents
in that town. It, however, did not prevent the town mayor
from proclaiming “Deaf Awareness Week.” for his town. This is great and the next time a deaf individual comes into the town, possibly to visit a family member, or to get his car
filled with gas, or to find something to eat, then he
will be well-greeted by town residents.

– Wednesday September 28th

Do not give money to deaf beggars that walk the streets.
This is what the Ghana National Association of the Deaf
is telling the public. Reason, according to deaf leader
Joe Ewusi-Ntenah, is that deaf beggars bother and harass
people.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

People with CI may have issues when going
through a MRI at a doctor’s office. It is
because a CI is magnetically-sensitive
whereas MRI uses magnetic fields. To avoid
such magnetic clashes, a group of Spanish
scientists from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona are working on a special design that will protect everything. Their findings
have been published in a recent edition of
the New Journal of Physics.

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

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

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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ALL ULTRATEC TTYs ON SALE!

No “Tricks” just “Treats” at WCI in October! All Ultratec TTYs are 25% off! Choose from several different models all with superior quality and state-of-the art technology. You’re sure to find a TTY that is right for you. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at or online at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd for more details on our TTYs and all our other products.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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A DEAF LAWYER VERSUS ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
We all know that Alexander Graham Bell won a patent
for his telephone invention. An angry person, who said
he invented the telephone first, filed a lawsuit against
Bell. It was in the late 19th century.
The angry person’s attorney was Joseph Parkinson.
He was probably the first deaf attorney in USA.
Who won? Bell won. The deaf attorney lost. It was the
first time the deaf challenged Bell.
The deaf people are still challenging Bell, not
with the telephone, but with the ASL/oralism
philosophy.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafattorney/

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

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60-Day Period to Apply for Certification to Participate in National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

for more information, visit:
http://deafdigest.com/fccdeafblindprogram/

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AN EASIER WAY TO ORDER SUB AT SUBWAY
For a long time DeafDigest editor would point to
the picture on the wall at a Subway to order his
sub. Sometimes the hearing person would get confused
at where the finger was pointing at.
DeafDigest editor just learned of a much easier
way. Instead of pointing at something on the wall,
he points towards a group of food ingredients on the
counter.
A deaf friend told him about it, and the editor
never thought of it for a long time!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/subwayorder/

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)
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Mill Neck Family’s Fall Harvest Festival
October 8 and 9, 2011
Mill Neck, NY

Mill Neck Family’s Fall Harvest Festival annually brings the
best of the autumn season to Long Island. This year’s Festival,
to be held on October 8 and 9, 2011, from 9 am to 5 pm, at 40 Frost
Mill Rd. in Mill Neck, NY, will be better than ever. Also known as
the “Apple Fest”, this 50 year tradition features a wide
variety of apples, crafts, grilled bratwurst, cheeses, baked goods,
fudge and strudels, a full-line of famous Karl Ehmer wurst and bacon
products, a “Gourmet Shop”, apple cider, a popular children’s activities area and more. Children’s authors will read books in the pumpkin patch on both days, and visitors can also participate in a 50/50 Raffle at for just $10 a ticket. The winner receives half of all money collected. Past winners have taken home over $10,000!

There will also be opportunities to learn about the Deaf and the
programs and services provided by the Mill Neck Family of
Organizations. The Festival will showcase the latest in Deaf
technology, and in a new Hospitality Tent, visitors can purchase sign
language novelty items and books, as well as celebratory Mill Neck
2011 milestone anniversary mementos – Mill Neck Manor School for the
Deaf is 60, the Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center is 20 and Mill
Neck Services for Deaf Adults is 25. Additionally, a special
performance by CODA comic Alan R. Abarbanell, “The ABABABA Road
Tour” chronicling his experiences growing up hearing in a Deaf
family, will be held on Friday night, October 7th, at 7:30 pm in the
Deaf Education Auditorium on the Mill Neck Manor campus. Tickets are
$15 per person and can be purchased at the door. 

For more information, call (516) 922-4100 (V/TDD) or visit
http://www.millneck.org

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AN AMAZING DEAF EVENT
An amazing Deaf Event took place. A deaf man, age 23,
married a deaf woman, age 22, at a church wedding.
What is the big deal about it? Well, the wedding
took place 100 years ago in Cleveland, and it was
written up in a newspaper. The reporter wrote that
it was amazing that the deaf could get married!

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SPEED DATING ADVOCATING AND THE DEAF
A speed date, between stranger couples, lasts about three
minutes.
A professional advocate knows how to abbreviate his
speech into three short minutes to get into the ears of
extremely busy legislators.
This may not necessarily work with deaf advocates and
these extremely busy legislators. For a three short minute
speech by these hearing advocates, it may be equal to ten minutes because of communication slowdowns between
the deaf, the interpreter, and the legislator!

A TROUBLING VIRAL
Just this week there was a viral of a 29-year old
woman “hearing” for the first time in her life,
after being implanted.
In that story, it said:

a 29-year-old woman who was born deaf and has relied on hearing aids her whole life – though she writes, “hearing aids only help so much.”

If she has relied on hearing aids all her life, is it
saying she was not able to hear her own voice with it?
And besides, she would need to undergo a series of
coaching and training sessions to make CI work effectively
for her.

TWO UTAH DEAF FORCES COMBINE INTO ONE
The Utah Deaf Education Core Group and the Utah Association for the Deaf have agreed to combine their resources with one
goal in mind.
The goal is to right what is wrong at the Utah Schools for
the Deaf and Blind.
For quite some time the Core Group have been at odds with
the school administration over several issues. Now they have
the state association working together.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

A hearing person in the audience asking the interpreter,
after the speech is over?

Can you repeat that certain sign?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Using computer-aided transcription (CAT) or captioning software, a
realtime captioner or CART provider utilizes a computerized personal
dictionary in order to translate steno strokes into English words. 
The captioner may input entries into a personal dictionary that look
something like this:

KOPB=con
STAPB=Stan
TEUPB=tin
OEP/-L=opal

If the captioner were to write the sounds KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L,
they would translate as “con Stan tin opal.”   

In order to translate properly, the captioner would have to input an
additional entry to his or her dictionary like this:
KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L=Constantinople

Every word or phrase that a captioner writes must be in the computer
dictionary created by the captioner.  With thousands of words and
phrases in a captioner’s dictionary, it is sometimes difficult for
the captioner to remember if a particular word or phrase has been
inputted into the dictionary. 

You might see occasional unusual translations when you are watching
realtime captioning simply because a captioner does not have that
word or phrase in his or her dictionary yet.

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updated every Monday

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will
render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future
deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their
peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated
thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

Years ago, DeafDigest editor taught at Maryland School
for the Deaf. On first day of school, a 15-year old
boy, was placed in the Language class. He never saw
a deaf person in his life, and even worse, he was
not able to read or write. And he also had no speaking
skills. Would only gesture to communicate. And each night in the dorm, he cried his eyes out, not used to being away from home.

Next week, he was pulled out of the school, and no one
knows what happened to him since then.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

How are stem cells in newly born babies are being
researched for late-deafened people?

Do view:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW6tvSn1L8U

Yes, it is captioned.

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The Deaf and the Law:

A deaf man was brought to the hospital three years ago by his
deaf wife. There was no interpreter on the premises and
the deaf wife struggled to understand what the medical
personnel was saying. Needless to say, the deaf man died.
A lawsuit as filed – and settlement was reached. The
hospital involved was the Mercy Medical Center in
Iowa.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DEAFNESS DEPRIVATION
Surfing web sites for weird pages would disclose some interesting
discoveries.
One of them is titled “Deafness Deprivation” which is supposed
to be part of studies of intelligence and deafness. This site
originated in United Kingdom.
Babble aside, what in the heck is Deafness Deprivation
supposed to mean? Meaning we, the deaf, are supposed to be
deprived of deafness – or in other words, making us hearing
people!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

What does Gallaudet have in common with other local
colleges?
A better student life – as opposed to the mammoth
University of Maryland campus that is located in
College Park?
Says who? The Washington City Paper, an alternative
weekly newspaper, ran a piece in its September
29th edition, titled “Shell of a Town”.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf person lived in a condominium and wanted to be
involved with the condominium association which manages
the residential building. The next-door hearing resident told the deaf person “I will fight for your rights that ADA entitles you to.” Yet when that deaf person wanted to accept the chairperson position on one of the condominium
committees, the next door neighbor fought tooth and
nail to keep the deaf person out.

To defend (ADA) and to keep deaf person out?

Go figure!

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

My mother was telling me the name of my insurance adjuster;

I thought she said:
Sailors

I later found out that the name was:
Saylors

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position announcement
Independent Living Skills Specialist
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center
position based in Las Vegas, Nevada

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada.  DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/Non-exempt
Location: Position available in Las Vegas
Posting date: September 28, 2011
Closing date: October 14, 2011

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Individual provides independent living skills training and support for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to develop or maintain a maximum level of independence and ensure a higher quality of life living in the community. Individual conducts accurate assessment and develops a service plan based on clients. need and input. Provides all services outlined in the individualized service plan including skill development, training, education, support and assistance to each clients. Skill development areas focus on, but are not limited to, literacy, employment readiness, financial management, time management, using communication technologies, transportation and housing. Participates in the technology/equipment distribution as well as in the community education responsibilities of the Center.  Conducts, develops and implements program activities for DHHARC. Conducts outreach responsibilities as assigned which may include travel to rural areas.  Works in the evening and during weekend when needed. SALARY: $36,244 – $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
– Knowledge of advocacy techniques
– Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws
– Maintain effective record keeping practices
– Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required.
– Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations
– Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services
– Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs
– Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion
– Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential
– Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
– Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
– Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations
– Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY:
All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (October 14, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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job title
Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Montana School for the Deaf & Blind
position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   The successful employee must be self-directed and able to work with limited supervision or direction.   The position requires extensive travel working hours beyond those of a typical teaching position with an average of 2 to 3 nights away from home each week.  The position may require occasional work on weekends and extended workdays with meetings before and after regular school hours.  This is a “tele-work” position requiring the employee to work out of a home-based office, usually located in a community outside of Great Falls.  Telework employees must be able to maintain the basic machines and functions of an office as well as securing routine maintenance for the state vehicle assigned to the position.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are:
1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible. 2.    Letters of reference from previous three employers (3 letters of reference).
3.    Transcripts or all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 4.    Copies of Professional Licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position.
5.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form.
6.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form.
7.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website:  http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION:  This position is a contracted position 200 days.  Salary is determined by the schedule as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligible state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance.  Other benefits include deferred compensation program and retirement.  Employees earn approximately 3.69 hours of sick leave for each 80 hours pay period worked and employees who qualify are entitled to up to 15 days military leave with full pay.  Earned

leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF & BLIND using the information provided above.  TTY users may call the TTY number if available or use the relay service by dialing 711-253-4091.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: http://mt.gov!stateiobs/stateiobs.asp . You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center..

SPECIAL INFORMATION: MSDB IS A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN.  Grades encompassed in this program include elementary, middle school, and high school levels.    The schedule may also be adjusted temporarily or permanently for reasons such as training, meetings, student needs, agency needs, emergencies, etc.  This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an .Applicant Release Form. must be completed and signed as part of the application.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

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positions open
Austine School for the Deaf &
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
various locations in Vermont

Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated
professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of
Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants
for the following positions.

– Teacher /Coordinator, William Center
Location: Brattleboro,VT
Time Base: Full -Time

Qualifications:
Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education
Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience.
Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including
Autism.
Training and experience in instruction improvement
Effective communication skills to include ASL
Responsibilities:
Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center
Teachers.
Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program.
Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center.
Maintain accurate records.

– Victim Advocate/community educator
Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services
Location: statewide Vermont
Time Base: 2 part-time positions

Qualifications:      
* BA degree or equivalent experience
* Fluency in American Sign Language

Advocacy experience:
* Work from a philosophy or empowerment
* Ability to work with a diverse population
* Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize
* Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence

Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling
mailto:kdarling@dvas.org

– Residential Advisors:
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends

* Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years
of age; Effective communication skills to include ASL; Willingness
to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training; Willingness
to learn behavior management techniques; Understands the uniqueness and
development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

* Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships
among the student; Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential  Programs which help students develop
into healthy well- rounded individuals

– Speech – Language Pathologist
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: part time

– Paraprofessionals
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Part time  

* Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree or High School Diploma and 21 years old and related
experience; Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf and Hard of
Hearing students; Proficiency in ASL; Valid driver’s license; Willingness to obtain a VT bus license

* Responsibilities:
Assist teachers with tutoring and instruction, classroom management
and clerical tasks; Assist with morning residential program; Must be able to assist student with physical motor needs to include
lifting guiding.

for all of the above positions that are based in Brattleboro, VT,
please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau
Austine School for the Deaf
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301

or send email to:
mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

802-258-9510
Fax# 802-258-9574

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recruiting for applicants
Pre-K Teacher
The Louisiana Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired
Baton Rouge, LA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/louisianateacher/

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posting
Deaf Youth Program Coordinator
Deaf Services Center, Inc
Worthington, Ohio

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/dypohio/

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position opening
Large Accounts Director, VRS
Purple
Rocklin, CA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/purplelargeaccounts/

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position opening
Human Resources Generalist
Purple
Rocklin, CA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/purplehrgeneralist/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles

*  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles

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 Manager
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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