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DeafDigest – 12 December 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 11, 2011

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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This week’s ASL Videos with captions:


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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always


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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.


– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to David Conyer, who
departed us. When NTID needed to produce films, movies
and videos, he was the man to see.

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

Sebastien Lathuile, not deaf, is a French transplant in China, is a
florist with a booming business in several big Chinese cities. When
hiring people, his #1 priority is hiring the deaf. And he currently
has a number deaf florists under his employ.

Did NFL ever have a head coach that was deaf? Sort of. It
was mentioned in a newspaper story that Blanton Collier, who
coached Cleveland Browns from 1963 to 1970, had to leave
the coaching profession because of his deafness. He led the
team to a NFL championship in 1964. At that time there
was no Super Bowl. He passed away in 1983.

– Very Hot News

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned an interpreter at Oregon’s
Occupy Portland who was beaten up by the cops. The interpreter,
James Bridges, has testified during the Portland City Council hearing regarding police brutality. He said he surfaced as an
interpreter at the last minute when he saw several deaf protesters and knew they needed interpreting. His injuries are still severe and might be permanent.

– Sunday December 4th

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, not deaf, has been announced as the
keynote speaker at the GoFredX event in New Brunswick.
This event encourages young inventors to invent anything
that will help the mankind, especially the deaf and the
disabled. Kurzwell has been credited for inventing the
text-to-speech software that is supposed to help the deaf.

– Monday December 5th

Corey Reutlinger, a student at Hastings College in
Nebraska, has won many awards while competing at the
national collegiate forensics circuit. He is deaf.
Not sure if it is criminal forensics or forensics
of something else.

– Tuesday December 6th

The Australian Sign Language will be part of the
national educational agenda. This decision by the
Australian educational group was applauded by Deaf

– Wednesday November 7th

Jack Kelly is the vice-captain of his beach patrol club
in Australia. He is deaf – yet he is responsible for the
safety of Australians that surf the beach waves.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

Candidates for police cadet jobs that wear hearing aids
cannot be discriminated against. This was the agreement
that the Illinois State Police reached with the Department
of Justice. The discriminatory wording was this:

if the applicant has a hearing loss and was not permitted the use of assistive devices, such as a hearing aids


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


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We have a few deaf physicians. All of them are afraid
of the masks that surgeons use while in the operating
It is impossible for a deaf doctor to lipread other
doctors if masks hide their lips.
For one deaf doctor, he was surprised when other
doctors told him that in the operating room they don’t
talk about the operation itself, but talk about sports,
dogs, weather, politics, etc!

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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2012 National Deaf Basketball Tournament (Men’s & Women’s)


2012 National Deaf High School Basketball All-Star game
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The first TTY was manufactured in 1964, but the
TTY network did not grow until the early 1970’s.
We, the deaf, had a good communications device,
but it was not too popular. The high cost of leasing
the device prevented many deaf people from using it.
The device was the Electrowriter. It was almost
like a TTY, except that the caller would write out
his message on an electronic pad with his electronic
pen. The Electrowriter on the other end of the telephone
line would copy the handwritten message. And
communications would go on back and forth.
Yes, if the writer had a lousy penmanship, it
would be hard to read the message!
Gallaudet University used this Electrowriter
network in a few offices on the campus.
The popularity of the TTY immediately killed
the Electrowriter.
An Electrowriter picture is at:

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

What is Sealed Captioning? Never heard of it and so,
ran a google search – it probably means the same as
Closed Captioning. There was a web posting that was
titled – Advantages of Sealed Captioning.
Why is the word Sealed used instead of Closed?


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DeafDigest maintains a list of elected deaf public officials,
current and past. Yet this list may not be necessarily complete.
It is because many towns and cities do not make it known that
they may have had elected deaf officials.
A perfect example is Diego Lombana, a deaf elected member of the
Asemblea Nacional of Panama.
It was a Gallaudet University press release that caught the
attention of DeafDigest editor.

Echo is a deaf character in the Moon Knight comic book series.
And she is friends with the leading character.
There was a posted hint on a web site that Echo may no longer
be friends with the main character.
DeafDigest does not read comics and so, has no clue as to
what is going on.


this question:
are you worried that computers will render your job obsolete?

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


A question that people often ask me is:  “Who hired you to be
here?”  What they are really usually asking is:  “Who is paying

Some people think that the users or consumers of our services have to
pay for a CART provider to be present at an event.  However, usually
a college, university, court, company, or agency will hire the CART
provider because they are required to provide accommodations or equal
access under the law.

There are a number of laws that govern accessibility for people with
a hearing loss, including the American with Disabilities Act (ADA),
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Some people with a hearing loss think that they could not use the
services of a CART provider because they could not afford to pay for
them.  But most public and many private entities are obligated to
provide communication access.  These include places of employment,
public and private educational institutions, and performances and
events open to the public.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services of a CART
provider, you may want to investigate your rights to equal access
under the law.

Charles Dilbeck was a famous architect, designing and building
these fancy homes in the Dallas area. He passed away in 1990.
A house buyer wanted his house to look exactly the same as a
Dilbeck-styled home. He hired Steven Guest, a woodworker. Guest
spent ten years on the job, creating “miracles” such as
double folding hinged doors that would hide shelves, vent
screens that looked like those in the 18th century, a 500-pound
entrance door that fit with the curving walls.
What about it? Guest is deaf. He does not use sign language,


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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 oral deaf person, isolated from the ASL-community all
his life, became part of that community as he got older.
He started to date an ASL-signing girl friend and soon
afterwards, they became an item. Because this oral
deaf person lacked social skills, thanks to years of
isolation, he could not cope with his girl friend
idly chatting with other friends at deaf social events. He became possessive, ordering her not to socialize with other deaf people. The relationship got worse and worse, and she split from him and married someone else.

next week – another example


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The Deaf and the Law:

Howard Gorrell’s lawsuits, end of series

(deaf activist Howard Gorrell will fight for what he believes –
legal rights and legal needs of the deaf; he is currently
involved with the lawsuit against state of Maryland over
congressional redistricting issue. In a short series, DeafDigest
is featuring his previous lawsuits)

Lawsuit #4, as explained by Gorrell:

In 2004, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued notice that
Howard Gorrell’s disability had ended due to substantial gainful
employment activity, and it sought to recoup overpaid [SSDI] benefits.

full report at:


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

It pays to bark in Pittsburgh. Last week’s DEAFDIGEST mentioned
First Night Pittsburgh people not wanting to hire more
A compromise has been reached – deaf celebrants needing
interpreters are asked to put in advance requests for interpreters
at events they wish to attend.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

In the backyard of the American School for the
Deaf (ASD), West Hartford, CT, something strange
seemed to be going on, according to clueless
Three houses, sitting next to each other on
Fern Street, suddenly had “For Sale” signs
propped up in front.
Was there a neighborhood feud that involved
these three households? Or was is it something
spooky, despite Halloween being gone for a month
and half?
Nope. These three houses were owned by ASD
for years for occupancy by some staff members.
Times have changed and school priorities have
changed, hence these 3 surprise “For Sale” signs.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The first hearing person tells the second hearing person that his son is deaf.

That second hearing person thinks that he needs to shout much louder than usual to help the deaf son
hear the conversation

The first hearing person should have explained
that his deaf son is deaf as in deaf and not
deaf as in hearing – two completely different


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A childhood friend asked DeafDigest editor many years

Do you want to play rards?


He actually asked:

Do you want to play cards?



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position opening
Legal Training Coordinator
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Boston, MA

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seeks Legal Training Coordinator

–  Teach (or arrange for instructors) 80 hours of training to interpreters from previously established curriculum. Administer 100 hours of legal mentorship.

– RID certified ASL interpreter (CI and CT or equivalent) and SC:L certification
– Experience preparing ASL interpreters for RID¡Çs SC:L examination
– Experience administering a program of similar scope

View the RFR at the Comm-PASS website at To access, click Solicitations ¢ªSearch for a Solicitation ¢ªKeyword: 12-05-MCD

Deadline is December 23, 2011, 2:00pm.

Address applications to Jane Sokol Shulman at


position opening
Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts
Purple Communications
based in Rocklin, CA, but travel required

To apply for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page:

About Purple Communications
Purple Communications is one of the nation’s largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.

Purple Communications. vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of high quality, innovative communication services that break down communications barriers.

Job Description
Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts

Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts combines technical knowledge with sales skills to provide support on a range of products/services to our clients that are deaf organizations of all sizes. The Sales Engineer will be interacting with the Clients. Operation, HR, and Technical teams. The emphasis of the work varies depending on the level of technical knowledge needed to sell a particular product/service.

Technical sales engineers are a key point of contact for our large accounts providing services to organizations in which there are  multiple deaf and hard of hearing users  like Universities and educational institutions. The ideal Technical Sales Engineer will provide both pre- and post- sales support. They will drive the technical implementation as a project manager. They liaise regularly with other member of the sales team and colleagues from a range of departments such as Information Technology, Research/ Development, and Quality Assurance.

Fluency in American Sign Language is a requirement for this role.

Typical Work activities

Tasks typically involve:
–    Searching for new clients who might benefit from Purple’s products and services
–    Develop long term relationships with clients through managing and interpreting their requirements
–    Create manage and drive tasks on project implementation
–    Providing pre-sales technical assistance, product education, and post-sales support services
–    Preparing reports for management
–    Meeting regular sales targets and coordinating sales projects
–    Support marketing activities by attending trade shows, conferences and other marketing events
–    Making technical presentations and demonstrating how a product meets client’s needs
–    Liaising with other members of the sales team and other technical experts
–    Providing training and producing support material for other members of the sales team

Minimum Qualifications
–    Effective communication, written and presentation skills
–    Fluent in English and American Sign Language
–    Ability to interact with people of varying communications levels, and modify language for audience needs. –    Able to prioritize the work in a multi-tasking environment
–    Good team leading ability and managing additional technical resources for meeting the account needs
–    Able to make effective presentations or demonstrations in time constrained situations
–    Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
–    Knowledge of voice and video technologies and protocols
–    Knowledge of voice and video integrations
–    Knowledge of standard corporate security practices
–    Knowledge of TCP/UDP port allocation through corporate firewalls
–    Knowledge and experience with network infrastructure device (i.e. cisco switches/routers/firewalls)
–    Working knowledge of packet capturing applications (i.e. wireshark)
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
–    Sitting, standing and walking (95-100%) –    Keyboarding (40-60%) –    Viewing computer monitor, videophone, and pager requiring close vision –    May be required to set up booths at events, requiring balance and lifting up to 50 pounds. –    May lift or move boxes (up to 10 pounds)

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Frequent travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state is required.
Education and Qualifications
–     4+ years Sales Engineering experience
–    CCNA (security or voice) . preferred

TO APPLY for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page:


opening position
Teacher, Career Academy & Transition Services
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Temporary – March-June, 2012

CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus 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

Under the supervision of the Jr.Sr. High school and CATS principal, instructs students in PrintWorks, to include Academics, Deaf with Special Needs (DSN)  PACES students and Adult Vocational Students.

Associates Degree.  Prefer Bachelors Degree in Deaf Education, Special Education, or Vocational Area with ability to secure State of CT Voc-Tech Teacher Certification (098 Endorsement).  Background or work experience in graphic design and printing preferred.  Excellent skills in American Sign Language. Ability to work in a collaborative setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed.

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

Visit our website   to review the entire job description and download an application.   Send all applications and resumes to:

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

FAX (860) 570-1832


position opening
Program Director Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

Status:        Full-time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to:      Vice President of Educational Service Lines

Position Summary
The Program Director will supervise and monitor the day to day operations of the residential and education services provided at the Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf.  They are responsible for the supervision of service delivery, staff, adherence to internal policy as well as external regulation and licensing requirements, sound fiscal operation, and communication and liaison with local community groups, schools, service agencies, and local state offices and courts of the county and stated.

A.    To ensure overall program direction and oversight to program operations, the Program Director will:

1.    Create and maintain systems for the documentation of all educational activities and uphold the confidentiality of all program records and files;
2.    Ensure that all program activities and staff practices are in compliance with the regulation and in keeping with Department of Education, DPW and Pressley Ridge policy, values, and standards of professional and ethical conduct;
3.    Develop and oversee a safety program that addresses the safety and well-being of staff and consumers in all activities and environments in which we work.

B.    To ensure solvency through adherence to the PRESSLEY RIDGE budgetary process, maximizing staff productivity and system efficiencies, and effectively using agency resources in pursuit of program goals, the Program Director will:

1.    Develop, implement and live within the program budget;
2.    Manage buildings and grounds, vehicles and equipment, and PRESSLEY RIDGE property and supplies in keeping with PRESSLEY RIDGE standards:
3.    Develop and manage systems for the efficient utilization of workforce by establishing staffing patterns, job designs, work schedules, and performance and productivity standards in keeping with PRESSLEY RIDGE values and standards;
4.    Oversee the development of educational costs and revenues, (per diems, etc.);
5.    Review and approve travel and receipt requests;
6.    Establish capital budget request.

C.    To ensure the maintenance of a full complement of competent and committed staff/treatment parents to fulfill the mission of the program and agency, the Program Director will:

1.     Develop and implement effective strategies for recruitment, screening, selection and hiring of a diverse, qualified workforce;
2.    Develop and implement effective staff development strategies including targeted training, supervision, succession planning and professional development programs aimed at enhancing staff competence, satisfaction and retention;
3.    Maintain effective performance management and evaluation system to ensure accountability;
4.    Administer an appropriate and equitable compensation program consistent with agency practices and standards;
5.    Maintain or provide oversight for the maintenance of updated HR files on every staff.
Essential Qualifications

1.    Education/Credentials/Licensure.  Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education and supervisory certification required.
2.    Experience. a.    Minimum of five years of experience working with children with severe emotional and behavioral issues,
b.    Working knowledge of the regulations and guidelines of Pennsylvania Department of Education, DPW, OMHSA as related to Approved Private School and Partial Hospital regulations
c.    Knowledge and experience in working in an educational setting utilizing strength based approaches to interventions with seriously troubled youth and their families.
d.    Understanding, commitment to and integration of the Pressley Ridge Values.  CASSP Principles and Re-Ed Program Directors
e.    Ability to work with other disciplines as part of the team.
f.    Knowledge of an a commitment to culturally competent service delivery
3.    Clearances.  Necessary State and FBI Clearances 4.    Pennsylvania Driver’s License and safe driving record

send application to:
Phillip Novak
Pressley Ridge
5500 Corporate Dr; Suite 400
Pittsburgh PA 15237

Phone:  (412) 872-9449
Fax: (412) 872-9469


Job Advertisement
Executive Director
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Executive Director
The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.

Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required. Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required. Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume to Shannon Smith, Director of Human Resources via email at . Phone calls will not be accepted.

The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an EOE.

For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit


Mental Health Specialist
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
St. Cloud, MN

$19.33 – $28.35 hourly / $40,361 – $59,195 annually

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others using your expertise in ASL, Deaf Culture, and mental health? We seek an enthusiastic and innovative clinician to provide mental health services to deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing adults coping with mental health issues in rural Minnesota.  These services will enable deaf clients to freely access culturally affirmative mental health services in their communities.  In addition to counseling individual deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, the Mental Health Specialist may also work with couples, families, and groups.  This position will work with a team of professional colleagues based at the DHHS Central Regional Office in St. Cloud and will travel across 20 area counties.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services provides information, resources, and empowerment opportunities to assist Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing – as well as their families – to effectively access services in their local communities. The MN Department of Human Services is nationally recognized for our progressive leadership in human services. Our mission, working with many others, is to help people meet their basic needs, live in dignity, and achieve their highest potential. We dedicate our talents to serving diverse communities through health care and human services programs.  Make DHS the next step in your career!

St. Cloud, Minnesota:
St. Cloud is a great place to live and work offering both the conveniences and entertainment of a large metropolitan area as well as the laid-back life style and charm of a small town. Centrally located just an hour from the twin cities, St. Cloud provides the convenience of being near one the nation’s greatest cities for fine dining and entertainment while also providing easy access to the beautiful lake country of Northern Minnesota. Minnesota is considered one of the top 10 healthiest and active places in the country. It has the most golf courses per capita in the country and is truly an outdoor paradise with over 12,000 lakes and beautiful forests. Housing is plentiful and affordable and the caliber of education and social services is among the highest in the nation.

–    Intensive mental health training and counseling experience
–    M.A. in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field
–    Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota
–    Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications
–    Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties in a timely manner
–    Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances
–    Resourcefulness and creativity required to develop client-related resources
–    Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills
–    Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM-IV diagnoses
–    Fluent in both ASL and English
–    Fully competent in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures
–    Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel

Preferred Qualifications:
–    Two years of professional experience
–    Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

In addition to a competitive salary, the State of Minnesota offers excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage.  Other benefits include:
–    Earn up to 29 paid vacation days per year –    Earn up to 13 sick days per year
–    11 paid holidays
–    Pension and retirement savings plan
–    Life insurance (family coverage available)
–    Long-term care insurance (spouse/parent coverage available)
–    Short-term disability
–    Long-term disability
–    Pre-tax benefits
–    Health care savings plan
–    Scheduling flexibility
–    Ongoing educational opportunities
–    Credit union membership available

Contact us!  We are glad to answer any questions you may have about this career opportunities.  Contact us for more information or submit your resume by email (please reference .Mental Health Specialist. in the subject line):


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR RESUME IS Friday December 16th, 2011.

An EOE and Veteran Friendly Employer


position opening
ASL Proficiency Evaluator, ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

*Job Number:* HR-11096
*Salary Range:* $49,000-$87,900

Provides interviewing and rating in accordance with the American Sign
Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI); participates in the development,
implementation, and administration of tools, protocol, and/or procedures
used in a comprehensive multiple-measures evaluation system; conducts
semi-annual re-ratings of taped interviews as part of a systematic
reliability check; participates in periodic retraining in interview
techniques and rating procedures; participates in other research activities to maintain the quality of the evaluation system; keeps abreast of trends and research in the field of first and second language teaching, learning, acquisition, and evaluation.

Master’s degree in linguistics, ASL, 1st and/or 2nd language teaching and
learning, bilingual education, or related field. A minimum three years
experience in ASL instruction and/or evaluation. Experience with developing and/or using ASL assessment tests. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of ASL and English. Knowledge and experience working with individuals with diverse educational, language, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to use judgment and tact with regard to sensitive issues and confidential matter. Ability to work well as an active, contributing member of a team as well as ability to work independently and demonstrate self-reliance and self-initiative. Experience producing written reports, proposals, and other documents related to research, best practices, learning and evaluation. Ability to use various software programs for project and program efficiency. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in ASL and English. A proficiency level of 4+ or better on the ASLPI. As part
of the interview process, applicants will be given one work related
question and will answer that question in writing. This English writing
sample will be provided to the Gallaudet University English Department for
analysis and determination of skills level.

to apply for this position, please visit:


position opening
Assistant/Associate Professor of American Sign Language
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

PhD in ASL, Deaf Education, Special Education, Linguistics or related
field. In-depth knowledge of deaf culture, comparative linguistics,
deafness, and communication issues. Native or near-native ASL
speaker. ASLTA or Texas teaching in ASL certification. Five years
experience in teaching American Sign Language (linguistic and
communicative components) at post-secondary level. Experience using
Vista Signing Naturally curriculum. Scholarly accomplishment/promise,
publications, service required. Review begins immediately; interviews
soon. Letter of interest, CV, referee list and 3 letters of
recommendation, teaching philosophy, plan for ASL program
development, teaching evaluations electronically to  Questions to Dr. Debra D.
Andrist, Chair of Foreign Languages, Sam Houston
State University, Huntsville, TX. Sam Houston State University is an
EOE/AA Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.


position opening
Lecturer of American Sign Language
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Lecturer position hired on a nine month basis to teach one to four
sources per semester; hiring is based on student demand. MA/MS
required in ASL, Deaf Education, Special Education, Linguistics or
related field. In-depth knowledge of deaf culture, comparative
linguistics, deafness, and communication issues. Native or
near-native ASL speaker. ASLTA or Texas teaching in ASL
certification. Five years experience in teaching American Sign
Language (linguistic and communicative components) at post-secondary
level. Experience using Vista Signing Naturally curriculum. Review
begins immediately; interviews soon. Letter of interest, CV, referee
list and 3 letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy, plan for
ASL program development, teaching evaluations electronically to Questions to Dr. Debra D.
Andrist, Chair of Foreign Languages, Sam Houston
State University, Huntsville, TX. Sam Houston State University is an
EOE/AA Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.


Employment Openings
TEDP Outreach Specialist/ Trainer
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:
Attn: Kevin Steffy, Co-Coordinator – Outreach/ Training
4151 Memorial Drive, Suite 103-B
Decatur, Georgia

Or FAX to: 404-297-9465

Or Email to:

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)


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 Applications can also be completed on line at


position opening
Job Coach
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: 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

Applications can also be completed on line at


position opening
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:



*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles, CA

*  Administrative Assistant – Los Angeles, CA

*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

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



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