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DeafDigest – 27 December 2009

DeafDigest Blue - December 27, 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.



DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Tom Riggs who
departed us. An interpreter and a sign language
instructor, he was well known among interpreters
and sign language teachers for upholding high
standards in both inter-related fields. His
most recent residence was in Arizona.


Top News of the Year (January through June)

The Illinois state government was accused of hiring
"sign language applicants" and paying them $211
per month for these skills, which they never had
in the first place

Mark S. Kite, Sr, a deaf man, was appointed as
Deaf Chief of a hearing volunteer fire department
at Yukon Volunteer Fire Company, located in the
metro Pittsburgh area

John West, a deaf man, became the new mayor of
March, a town within the Fenland District Council
in Great Britain

AgBell vs Audism Free America (AFA) battle
took place on the AgBell grounds. The newspapers
pretty much ignored this clash. The AFA group
then shouted anti-AgBell chants, before dispersing.

Scranton State School for the Deaf falls under
the control of the Western Pennsylvania School for the

Spain would not allow the deaf to vote during
the European Union elections

(the Gold edition will list the top July
through December news)


Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Very Hot News

The changing of the guard at Gallaudet University is coming 
up real soon. DeafDigest wishes to thank outgoing president
Bob Davila for a job well done - meaning restoring
Gallaudet to its state of normalcy. DeafDigest editor
spotted Bob at a Gallaudet basketball game and asked
him if he was retiring for good or if he would look
for another endeavor to pursue. Bob gave the editor
a special glint in his eye and just smiled, saying nothing! 

- Sunday December 20th 

A medical center in Oklahoma only charges $8,000 for
a CI operation, a big time bargain as compared to a
$100,000 CI surgery. This story surfaced in the news.
The medical center CEO said the facility operates
at cost, with no mark up.

- Monday December 21st

A mother of a deaf child, living on the island of Guernsey,
part of the British Crown, won her battle in the court
room. She put up a fence behind her home to fence in her
deaf son for his protection. The Housing Authority ordered
her to tear down the fence and she refused. The Authority
sued but the judge sided with the mother.

- Tuesday December 22nd

Rapport is the name of the Deaf Cake in Japan! Actually
it is a cake shop located at one of the Tokyo railway
stops. All 8 employees in the cake shop are deaf.
Hearing patrons write down their orders or use the
touch panel. The shop has been open for business 
since 2003. The company headquarters communicate with
Rapport via faxes and emails.

- Wednesday December 23rd

It was reported that Matt Hamill, our deaf UFC fighter,
was badly beaten by illegal blows by Jon Jones, but won
via disqualification. Jones, who originally accepted the
disqualification loss, had second thoughts and filed
an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The commission, however, turned down the appeal and
Hamill's win via disqualification stood.

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


Honoring those that departed us in 2009:

Paul Baldridge, Gallaudet Iron Man basketball hero
Thomas R. Behrens, educator of the deaf
Adolph J. Bennett, Northern Virginia deaf advocate
Stan Benowitz, Father of Modern Gallaudet football
Tom O. Berg, legendary Gallaudet track & field & Deaflympics coach
Walter R. Bloomquist Sr, owner, printing shops in California
Frank Bryan, career educator of the deaf
Francis X Burton, well known Washington, DC interpreter
Richard Corcoran, leader, Glens Falls, NY Deaf Community
James P. DeVaney, leader, Omaha Deaf Community
Bob Dillman, outspoken advocate, Washington, DC & Staunton, Va
Bill Ennis, deaf entertainer; Washington, DC area
Bernie Fairwood, Illinois, first USA Deaflympics gold medal wrestler
Larry Fleischer, the ultimate deaf leader, California
Jerome W. Freeman, Sr, educator of the deaf
Haley Gans, at age of 14, a promising figure skater
Mary Lou Garton, anti-oral teacher, Kansas SD
Jean-Robert Gauthier, Canadian legislator, advocate
Gino Giudice, background artist with Hollywood cartoons
Doris Jane Greve, long time NAD volunteer
Donald Harington, U of Arkansas, artist and novelist
John Hudson, professional advocate, Northern Virginia
George Karras, leader of deaf computer literacy classes
Harvey Katz, grassroots leader, Deaf Ohio Community
Brenda Keller, Gallaudet administrator
Clifford C. Leach, pillar of Rochester, NY Deaf Community
S. Barry Lipin, auto leasing magnate

(Gold edition will list the remaining departed individuals)


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

position opening
Asst Head Football Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Department: Athletics Department
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

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   A deaf man went to the hospital emergency
room, needing medical attention. No interpreter
was available.
   At the same time, a hearing woman brought
her deaf husband to the operating room.
   The emergency room receptionist saw the
hearing woman signing to her husband, and
immediately used her as the interpreter for
the other deaf man.
   The hearing woman protested but was forced
to interpret for a deaf man who was a stranger
to her!

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

   A deaf man works for a company and he must wear his
pager during days and evenings as part of his
job duties. He is on call if there is an emergency at
his job.
   If he is driving and he gets a beep, he must pull
over the road to read the pager. A hearing person,
hearing the beep, can use his Bluetooth headset
to get the emergency message while still driving.
   Not fair to the deaf person!

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

   Is handwriting now considered old fashioned? We
type out our words and texts instead of writing 
these out.
   How important is handwriting to the deaf? Well,
we use the notepad to communicate with the
hearing. And if the hearing person struggles with
his handwriting to compose their responses, then
it could be frustrating.
   DeafDigest editor has often had to wait as long
as 5 minutes for a slow-writing hearing person to
compose a short, simple sentence!
   And as a contrast, it may take 5 seconds for a
hearing person to voice out this same short, simple

   Last week's DeafDigest mentioned a newspaper article
as follows:

He was found in the car park of Deaf New Zealand in Great 
North Rd next to the Avondale police station 

   Deaf New Zealand as in a park or a town or a 
neighborhood? It was puzzling.
   Several subscribers sent emails to DeafDigest
editor with explanations.
   "Deaf New Zealand" means Deaf New Zealand Association,
as a way of abbreviations used by newspaper reporters.
   Said a subscriber:

they have some interesting language shortcuts

   Examples here in USA would be like this:

- he was found in the car park of Deaf Association 
- he was found in the car park of Gallaudet
- he was found in the car park of Deaf Institute
- he was found in the car park of Alexander Graham Bell

   How so quirky our English has become in these English
speaking parts of the world!


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Q. The FCC oversees the operations of all relay services?

A. Not exactly. The FCC works with the National Exchange Carrier 
Association (NECA) on the funding and on the standards of relay
center operations.

   A deaf man, obviously a regular patron, goes into Starbucks
and gestures his usual order of coffee. Since all the baristas
know him. communication issues are non-existent.
   DeafDigest editor, who did not know that deaf man, was
reading his newspaper while drinking his coffee at one Starbucks 
location and saw his gesturing.
   Just as when the deaf man was headed out the door with his
coffee, one of the baristas, working in the backroom, was told
that he was around. She suddenly ran towards him and practiced
her ASL on him.
   Her ASL, unfortunately, was not the best in the world!

   An administrator of a local interpreting agency walked into
Starbucks to pick up her coffee. She has learned a lesson -
never go into idle chatting with some of these baristas -
telling them she operates an interpreting agency.
   Some of these baristas are ASL students, and suddenly
upon learning of the interpreting agency administrator,
would ask for interpreting jobs! They would ask for these
jobs even when their ASL, unfortunately, were not the best
in the world!


being challenged by a hearing person with this comment:

we don't need an interpreter, we understand each other fine

if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please


As January 1 approaches, we once again find that new 
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requirements, and in January of 2006 100% of all new 
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Spanish-language programming will continue to take place 
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before January 1, 1998.  


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If you expect your hearing associates to write things
down on a piece of paper, don't! Some will write it 
down, some won't. You just deal with each situation
and make the best out of it.

(end of series)


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as well as the health care provider who may provide service 
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accommodations in the health care setting so that all
persons have equal access to health related information.

A new web site called
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard 
of hearing.  

Each month the topics discussed will change.
Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you 
want to learn more about.


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The Sonitus Medical, San Mateo, CA, said they are coming up
with a tooth hearing aid; how it works is complicated but it is
supposed to help the deaf zero in on the source of the noise.


The Deaf and the Law

- location
state of Washington

- case
a deaf-blind man wanted to become a horse masseuse;
he could not under the present law, because it required
500 hours of training, massaging on humans.

- result
the law was changed

- comment
DeafDigest always wants to see Deaf-Blind individuals
earn good living.


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

An angry deaf person has accused the offending
agency of framing him as guilty without giving
him a chance to formally present his case!

This is why we have attorneys that specialize
in Disability Law.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

Because of the snow, the football game was
postponed to breakdown (tonite)


What became of?

Kyle Sontag

- past

hockey player, moved up in respective youth,
high school and college levels, member of USA
national deaf hockey team

- present

research chemist, University of Georgia with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Doug Pravda, now attending Harvard Law School, has
accepted an offer to serve as law clerk in the office of
Judge Amalya Kearse, US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit.
   This 2nd Circuit is considered to be one of the most
powerful and most prestigious courts in USA - fielding
appeals from cases in the New York, Vermont and
Connecticut region - and is a notch below the Supreme
   He is the 7th deaf person to serve as clerk for a
Federal judge and the 5th to clerk for an Appeals
Court Judge. Others in the exalted company were
Bonnie Tucker, Phil Gordon, Dawn Leporati, John
Stanton, Michael Schwartz and David Lupi-Sher.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   If not for the efforts and generosity of Donnie
Walsh, a certain athlete from Indiana would not
be in Australia to take part in the Deaflympics.
   This athlete was employed at the fieldhouse
where the Indiana Pacers play. Donnie, the Pacers'
president, learned of fund raising problems of
his deaf employee.
   Donnie staged a fund raising event. And
at the end of the event, the funds were still
short. What did Donnie do? Simply dipped into
his pockets to make up the shortfall!
   Thank you, Donnie.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

On its web site, the Virgin Airlines said -

At Virgin Atlantic we're passionate about supporting 
local communities both in the UK and in our global 
We tackle difficult social challenges by using all the 
global resources we have available to us.

Last year we gave over ?1 million to children and young 
people who face extreme neglect, abuse, poverty, violence 
and social exclusion. With our support they have real 
choices and opportunities to build a positive future.

it is easier said than done; they ineptly allowed
an illiterate deaf woman to get lost for five
hours in Australia, thus missing her connecting flight, 
despite being entrusted to her care by concerned family


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

While waiting for a bus to take you to a conference, a
stranger offers an envelope to a mother and her son. 
They refuse to accept the envelope. The man then leaves 
it on the floor.  You pick up the envelope and find $20 
inside....enough for your lunch at a conference your 
superiors mandated you to attend!


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

from a DeafDigest subscriber:

I was told that "We have pizza in the break room" 
(that was around 8 am this morning)
She actually said, "We have biscuits in the break room"

The subscriber said:

I thought that was an odd breakfast choice  :)

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position opening
Asst Head Football Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Department: Athletics Department
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Job Number: HR-09111
Date Posted: 12/14/2009
Salary Range: $51,974 to $93,408 (11 months)
Status: Accepting applications

Assists the head football coach as the assistant football coach; 
administers all facets of strength and conditioning facilities; 
serves as department leader in the field of strength, conditioning, 
and fitness;

Schedules strength and conditioning workouts in cooperation with the 
head coach of each of Gallaudet University's 14 varsity sports; strives 
for excellence within the University's mission; 

Assists the equipment coordinator in coordinating the purchase, 
maintenance, and distribution of equipment for the Athletics Department 
as related to strength, conditioning and fitness; improve on court/field 
performance, reducing the potential for injuries, perform rehabilitative 
activities as needed; update athletic administration on equipment needs, 
and or upgrades recommended to provide Gallaudet University athletes the 
best possible training equipment.

Bachelor's degree required and 4 years related experience; significant 
coaching experience required; includes 2-3 years experience with strength 
and conditioning training; thorough knowledge and understanding of NCAA 
and ECFC guidelines required; demonstrated skills in developing and 
motivating students both athletically and academically; strong commitment 
to the values of a liberal arts education and an understanding of 
teacher/coach model in a NCAA Division III athletics program. 

American Sign Language skills or a willingness to learn within a reasonable 

National Strength and Conditioning Association or National Council on 
Strength and Fitness certification or the ability to attain certification 
within a 3 year period.

To apply, send a resume and Gallaudet Job Application to:

Gallaudet University
Human Resources Services
800 Florida Avenue, NE
College Hall, Room 106
Washington, DC 20002

Faxed applications or emailed documents are accepted.


position opening
Mental Health Therapist 
Bridgman Group Home
San Diego, CA

$39,000/year w/benefits

Accountable to Program Manager for the provision of therapy for youth 
enrolled in the Bridgman Home, coordination of intake and placement of 
youth, and participation in treatment team meetings

*  Provide individual, group, and family therapy to youth and their 
families placed in the group home.

*  Assess, diagnose and develop a comprehensive service plan for youth, 
according to the County of San Diego Children's Mental Health and 
Outpatient Policy and Procedure Manual.

*  Identify, establish and maintain relationships with referral sources 
including: County of San Diego Child Welfare; Probation Departments; 
other in and out of county placement agencies.

*  Actively network and provide presentations to potential referral 
agencies to ensure group home operates at full capacity.

*  Coordinate pre-placement and placement meetings with youth and 
referring agency.

*  Develop youth Case-Management Service Plans with youth and treatment 
team input.

*  Maintain required documentation and client files in compliance with 
Community Care Licensing (CCL) and County Mental Health Services (CMHS) 
documentation regulations.

Fluency in American Sign Language.  License-eligible (MFT, LCSW, PhD) by 
state of California, or Master's/Doctorate degree in Psychology, Mental 
Health Counseling, or Social Work.

Attn: MHT, 
Bridgman Group Home
P.O. Box 80756, 
San Diego, CA  92138; 

fax (619) 221-8611; e-mail   



Employment Opportunities
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

At WPSD, "Our kids come first."  We are looking for people to join our 
staff who share this commitment and are willing to work with the goal 
of providing our students with the best education, residential and 
support services possible.  If you share our commitment to students, 
please visit our web site at for descriptions of 
the following job openings at WPSD:

- Residential Supervisors
- ASL Teacher
- Early Intervention Teacher (Part Time) - Central PA

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

Send letter and resume to:
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15218-1469




open positions 
Austine School/Vermont Center for the Deaf
almost all positions in Brattlesboro, VT;
one position is in Williston, VT

- Educational Interpreter
Time Base:          Part-time (possible Full time)
Location:           Brattleboro, VT

Responsibilities:  Interpret for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
students at local high school. Work with individual students to
promote desirable academic and behavioral progress. Promote Deaf
Culture and the social, emotional and physical growth of students.

Fluency in ASL
Educational Interpreting Experience
Successful completion of an Interpreter Training Program
  If not RID certified, willingness to become certified
  within 3 years

- School Psychologist
Time Base:     Full Time
Location:      Brattleboro, VT

M.A. Degree in School Psychology required. Emphasis on children with
emotional behavioral disorders.  
Knowledge of Learning Disabilities preferred. Knowledge of deafness &
fluency in ASL necessary. Innovative & creative approach to serving
and motivating students.  Planning organization, motivation
management and evaluation skills.

Interviews students and family during admission process and conducts
intake evaluations, which include student observations, parent
interviews,                     Psychoeducational testing, report
writing and makes recommendations to the admissions/administrative

Evaluates testing materials for appropriateness in use with Deaf
Assists the Program Administrator in conducting and /or
arranging in-service trainings and staff development 

- Counselor
Time Base:    Full Time
Location:     Brattleboro, VT

Qualified for state and /or national licensure as a School Counselor
or Mental Health Counselor.

Knowledge of Secondary Disabilities preferred. Fluency in ASL or
willingness to achieve this level. Knowledge of testing
tools/materials. Collaborative skills to work with students, 
clients and staff . Knowledge of current educational law and 
special education procedures.

Responsibilities: Provides individual and group counseling to Deaf
and Hard-of-Hearing students. Provides consultation to consultants
and staff regarding the client's needs. Work as a member of School
Mental Health Team.   

-  Preschool Master Teacher
Time Base:    Full-Time
Location:     Brattleboro, VT

Masters Degree in Early Childhood or in Human /Child Development  or
a related field; and a minimum of two years (may be school yrs.
of experience if the experience is in a school).

Experience with preschool age children specified by the terms of the
license of appropriate licensure from the Vermont Department of

Fluency in ASL.
Willingness to take on-going professional development hours required.

Implement and modify the curriculum to meet the needs of the children
in the classroom.

Assess the development skills of the children in the
classroom. Implement and plan age-appropriate activities.
Attend and participate in all staff meetings, center events, and
parent/guardians meetings. Engage with parents/guardians and be responsive 
to their needs.

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

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

Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and
Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations
Oversee the supervision and development of all staff
Communicate effectively with all stakeholder
Develop and implement program budget
Work closely with the directors of Special Education, Related
Services, and Student Life

Target Hire Date: June 2010

- Social Worker
Time base:         Full time with Benefits
Location:          Williston, VT 

MSW or equivalent
ASL proficiency required 

Please send letter of interest & resume to :
Kelly Therieau    
Austine School/Center for the Deaf
209 Austine Drive, 
Brattlesboro, VT 05301

802 258-9510 (V/TTY) Fax# 802-258-9574
Videophone 802 275-5271


position opening
Oklahoma School for the Deaf/Oklahoma School for the Blind
Sulphur, Oklahoma
Essential Functions:  Position is responsible for scheduling 
classes and in-services, handling discipline and the monitoring 
of teachers and staff.  Assigns duties and responsibilities and  
monitors the functions of the Pre-K through 12th grade academic, 
vocational, physical education and special needs programs.
Preferred Skills, Education/Experience:  Minimum of a Masters 
Degree, Secondary/Elementary Principal Certificate, certification 
in Deaf Education, and 5 years teaching experience. Expressive 
and receptive sign language skills with fluency in American Sign 
Language is preferred.
Salary:  Salary is commensurate with education and years of 
experience.  Employees are provided paid health, dental, life 
and retirement benefits as well as an option to participate in 
the State's tax-deferred annuity program.  This will be a 
220-days per year, contracted position.
Method of Application:  Submit three (3) complete sets of all of 
the following:  cover letter that must include the job 
announcement number; resume with copies of teaching 
certificate(s) and college transcripts; and a complete listing 
of all qualifying educational and employment data, including 
complete dates, addresses and telephone numbers.  Also, three 
professional references, with telephone numbers to be reached 
during office hours, with your resume.
Send to:     

Department of Rehabilitation Services
Attn:  Human Resources Unit
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK  73112


(12/27/09 updated closing dates)

Employment vacancies
- School Educator I (closing date 1/11/2010)
- Sch Spch-lang Pathologist (closing date 1/08/2010)
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


position openings
Team Leader/Mobile Mental Health Therapist
Center for Hearing and Deaf Services
Pittsburgh PA 

- Mobile Mental Health Therapist

FT with/American Sign Language
Outpatient/Adult Treatment

Monday - Friday
37.5 hours per week.

Master's Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience
working with deaf population. 

American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. 

Requires Act 33/34 Clearances, valid PA driver's license and access 
to a vehicle.

Oversight of the OP component at HDS including clinical supervision
of all the OP services. Coordination of community outreach activities
(including networking and marketing of available services to the 
community at large), service coordination as well as ancillary services 
such as OVR, housing and peer support services.   Maintain strong 
working relationships with internal (MBH and HDS) and external 
partners and resources.  In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile MH 
therapist will provide community-based mobile mental health
individual and group psychotherapy to an adult behavioral health
population that includes mental health disorders with the deaf, hard 
of hearing, and/or deaf/blind population.  The Team Leader/Therapist 
is responsible to evaluate, plan and provide clinical services across 
the continuum of care within the community in a variety of settings.  

The Team Leader/Therapist will also provide oversight of clinical 
documentation and charting at HDS according to Federal, State, County 
and Organizational polices and procedures.  The Team Leader/Mobile MH 
Therapist will coordinate Treatment Team meetings including collaboration 
with psychiatric and other organization staff.

to apply, contact:

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

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

Mercy Behavioral Health is a part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health


seeking qualified individuals
- Science Teacher 
- Math Teacher
- Parent Educator
The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf
Jackson Heights, NY

The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf has served 
the broader Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community of the New York 
metropolitan area since 1864. 

Lexington has evolved to offer vital services in a range of 
important areas. 

Lexington strives to be a leading educational, advocacy, and social 
service agency on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

The curriculum meets standards set by the New York State Education 
Department. The high school is fully-accredited and like public high 
schools confers New York State Regents and Individual Education Plan 
(IEP) diplomas.  

Upon graduation, our students attend Gallaudet University, National 
Technical Institute for the Deaf, various universities and other two 
year colleges, or go directly into the work force or into further 
training programs.

Lexington is seeking qualified individuals for the following job openings:

- Science Teacher / High School Level (Must possess Deaf Ed 

- Math Teacher / High School Level (Must possess Deaf Ed certification)

- Parent Educator 

For a detailed description of each job, please visit 
and click on Employment.

Please email your resume to 
or fax to 718-350-3332, indicating which position you are interested in.


(updated posting - December 27, 2009)

job postings
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency
San Leandro, CA

- American Sign Language Instructor
(Part-Time, Contract-based) - San Jose and San Leandro) 

to read on job description and on application procedures,
click on:

- Director of Community Relations

to read on job description and on application procedures,
click on


position opening
Clinical Therapist
National Deaf Academy
Mt Dora, Florida

National Deaf Academy, a state of the art residential treatment 
facility serving Deaf children, adolescents and adults as well 
as hearing children/adolescents and adults with diagnosis of 
Autism and/or Mental Retardation in a  behavioral health setting, 
has an immediate opening for a Clinical Therapist. 

A Master's degree in counseling, social work and/or a related 
field is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license 

This position requires that the candidate have experience working 
with autistic and special needs populations. Some of our special 
needs residents are hearing with limited verbal repertoire. 
The candidate will be providing:
- Individual, family therapy (group therapy is a possibility)
- Develop programs for the residents (acquisition skills trainings)
- Fluent in American Sign Language required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. 

Send resume to: 
Director of Human Resources, 
National Deaf Academy, 
19650 US Hwy 441, 
Mt. Dora, FL 32757


V: 352-735-9500  Fax 352-735-4939                


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

Full/Part Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled


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