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DeafDigest – 26 April 2009

DeafDigest Blue – April 26, 2009

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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.


News of the Week:

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

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

– that insurance carriers will stop doing business
in Wisconsin

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

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

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

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


Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit for more information.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What is Popcorn Discrimination against the deaf?
The famous Orville Redenbacher microwavable popcorn

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


– General Douglas MacArthur, famous World War II military leader

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


a question asked of many, many interpreters:

Why did you learn sign language?

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please


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

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

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

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

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:

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


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(new series)


– in one district, it is the registered nurse!

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


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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

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

Question this week:

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


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

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

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

The Deaf and the Law

New Jersey

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

case was thrown out of court

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

DeafADA Issue of the Week:

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

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

he was found dead in miss (his) Brooklyn apartment


What became of?

Shane Dundas

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

– present
part owner
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“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

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

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

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


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

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

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

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



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(updated 4/26/09)

list of employment openings
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter
San Francisco

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(updated 4/26/09)

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

closing date – 05/07/2009

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


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

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

Minimum high school diploma, some college course work

Must be mature and dependable with strong interpersonal

Experience working with children a must.

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

Send Resume, cover letter and references to:
Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-5110 extension 306


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

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

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

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

ASL fluency and bicultural competency are required.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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

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

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

Send Resume, Cover Letter and references to:

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


position opening
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

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

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

Masters degree in ASL, Deaf Studies Education or related

For a complete position description and to apply, please visit:



position opening
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

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

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

For complete job announcement and to apply please visit:



Jobs Available,
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TSD is an EEO employer.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Visit our website: for more information
and to download an application.

Resumes/applications may be sent to:

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

FAX (860) 570-1832


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

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

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

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

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

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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

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

Open until filled

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

to get the NC State application form, click on:

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.


Special notes:

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