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DeafDigest – 07 December 2009

DeafDigest Blue - December 6, 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.


Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Dedication

   DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Richard
Corcoran, Glens Falls, NY, who departed us.
Better known as Corky, he was, as one admirer
described him, a great deaf leader who worked
well with others.

- Very Hot News

   Coalition of Students and Teachers (C.O.S.T.) has been
formed at CSUN. It consists of students, both deaf and
hearing, frustrated with state budget cuts affecting
the quality of education on the campus. The COST
idea was sparked by deaf students, and it spread
like wildfire among the student body!


- Sunday November 29th 

   People First is becoming a movement, at least in
   What this means is that individuals cannot be
identified by their disability when writing up
about them in newspaper stories. 
   This means no more "deaf-mute" or "deaf-dumb"
references to the deaf person in a newspaper story!
   Colorado? This state is expected to have this
People First language bill introduced when the 
legislative body opens next year.

- Monday November 30th

   Wireless captions in theater houses? Possible, for
the benefit of deaf theater goers if an experiment in
London succeeds. 
   Airscript is a wireless captioning device capable of
translating opera scenes in eight languages, English
   Said a critic:

It shows multiple lines, so that you don't have to spend 
all your time staring at it and away from the stage

- Tuesday December 1st

   To love Disney or to hate Disney? Well, Disney
is claiming to be the first studio to have captions
on its 3D movies. The 3D movie - Charles Dickens' 
A Christmas Carol is the first one to be 3D captioned,
at least in United Kingdom, not yet in USA.

- Wednesday December 2nd

   A documentary, Riding High, produced in Great Britain,
portrays 8 deaf teens learning how to ride motorbikes,
is an effort to show hearing audiences on how to best
deal with the deaf and to shatter all these deafness
myths. This documentary will be aired on selected
British TV channels.

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   A proposed bill in New Zealand is making the deaf community
upset. It has been proposed that hearing people, injured in
place of employment and becoming deaf as a result, be entitled 
to lifetime compensation equal to six percent loss of their work 
income. This would leave deaf employees out in the cold because
injured deaf workers are still deaf after the injury and not
subject to such compensation. 


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   Sometimes the police with a warrant, comes to
a Deaf House. These police officers would yell for
the people in the house to come out or to knock hard
on the door.
   Would the police know that the people in the
Deaf House cannot hear?
   Always scary to see what will happen if the police
breaks down the door to find that the people in the
house are deaf.
   There are many workshops to teach the police on
how to deal with the deaf. DeafDigest hopes the
workshops will explain to the police about the
Deaf House.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   Could a deaf person work in a factory that makes
musical instruments?
   Many workers must hear to make sure that the
instruments work perfectly.
   Well, there was a deaf man that worked at a
saxophone factory for 52 years. And another deaf man
that worked at the ukuleles factory for 40 years.
   Impossible? Not to them!

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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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   The media has been constantly focusing on the
White House party crashers - Tareq and Michaele
   They craved attention and self-importance.
These traits remind DeafDigest editor of several
deaf individuals.
   One was the director of a state commission
serving the deaf and the hard of hearing. He
was not so concerned about helping the deaf in
need in the state as he was about enhancing his
self-importance. He made sure to get invited to
the right parties, got into the right photo shoots
with the right state and federal political
officials and so on.
   The other one did not achieve lofty political
heights but was constantly getting invited to
these same parties and making sure he was 
photographed with the right hearing personalities
(sports, politics, Hollywood people, etc). He
proclaimed to do this all on behalf of the deaf,
which was simply hot air.
   There are others, but above is enough as 
   Hearing fame-seekers; deaf fame-seekers,
same thing.

   What is a Cochlear Implant hazard? It has nothing
to do with potential medical dangers or of accidental
activating of some metal detection systems.
   Simply - according to a web posting, that in one
college, the exam proctors were alerted to students
wearing CI. These proctors though these were radio
transmitters allowing these students to get answers
to the exam questions from someone on the outside!


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   Bristol is a city in England, which in a newspaper
story, has a strong deaf community.
   Why is the community so strong? Because of Bristol
Deaf Center, a school for the deaf and deaf programs
at Bristol University.
   Pretty much reminds us of - Washington, DC metro
area, because of Gallaudet University and Rochester, NY
area because of NTID/RIT.

   There was a newspaper story on retired police officer
Jack Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio, who passed away.
   The story mentioned this:

Mr. Collins also was an advocate for providing hearing 
impaired services in the police department during his years 
on the force. He worked to get sign-language interpreters 
into district offices and his doctoral dissertation 
concentrated on policing in the deaf community.

   He is one police officer we never knew about and 
was probably an unsung hero in the Cincinnati Deaf


Why are relay providers paid nearly $400.00 per hour?
Is that too much money?

No. Relay providers are a business. These businesses need
to recoup their investment costs in equipment and overhead
and to make a reasonable profit.


A hearing person telling the interpreter, standing next
to a deaf person:

please tell him to do this.....


please tell him to do that...

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


Have you ever experienced your hands shaking when you had 
to do some sort of performance in public?  What many
people may not realize is that nervousness may play a 
role in the accuracy of some court reporters, captioners,
and CART providers. 

As a court reporting/captioning student sits down at the 
steno machine to take a speed test, that person may find
that as the dictation begins, his or her hands begin to 
shake, and it may become difficult for that person to hit
the correct keys.

Just like it may happen with public speaking or performing, 
the captioner's hands may shake or tremble in new or 
unfamiliar circumstances.  The first time a captioner goes 
on air, it may take a few seconds or a few minutes
for that person to calm down and to become more accurate.

Some court reporters or captioners learn different techniques 
in an attempt to eliminate the nervousness.  They may practice 
relaxation exercises like meditation, yoga, visualization, 
and deep breathing.  Some have tried hypnosis to eliminate 
the anxiety. 

Usually after a short period of time, the person will settle 
down and be able to write cleanly and accurately, but it's 
that first few minutes in a new or unfamiliar environment 
that is very difficult for some court reporters
or captioners.


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Deafness is definitely a barrier, but I either deal with
it or find another way around; even my hearing colleagues
deal with their own barriers!

(series to continue for a number of weeks)


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for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section


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Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the 
behavioral health care system.  In many  cases, the patient 
as well as the health care provider who may provide service 
to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of 
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!

   GINA has kicked in. GINA? It stands for Genetic Information 
Nondiscrimination Act. It prohibits employers and insurance
carriers from discriminating against people that may have
genetic issues, For us, the deaf, it is simple, deaf of
deaf marrying deaf or deaf cannot be discriminated against
because of possibly of bearing deaf children!


The Deaf and the Law

A perceived hearing person lost his job and
filed a lawsuit, on charges of discriminating
against the deaf.

The lawsuit shocked everyone, the employer
included because they all had no idea of the
discharged employee's hearing loss.

Said an attorney:

Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins says that you can't pass 
a woman over for promotion because she's "not feminine 
enough" or "acts too much like a man."   If you do that, 
then that's gender discrimination.  I'm not sure the 
analogy translates perfectly to being "not deaf enough."
That discharged employee will have to prove his case
at trial.


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

The magic number is 15 employees.

Companies with less than 15 employees are not subject
to the employment provisions of the ADA.

If you are deaf and work for an employer that has a small
workforce, then ADA regulations may not protect you.

Just all depends.

This is why we have ADA attorneys, ADA consultants and
ADA specialists.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

there is a grey maier (matter) in the brain


What became of?

Jack Clevenger

- past

deaf staff member, Mesa Community College, Arizona

- present

vocational counselor, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
in Arizona with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   With Y2K coming up at end of this year, the fear
is that TTY relay users will overload the telephone
lines, testing their relay systems, thus "blowing
out the fuse."


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Ukrainian interpreter Natalia Dmytruk made the news
all over the world for telling her deaf audience that
the news she just interpreted was a total lie.
   Is she to be praised for her efforts to tell the
truth? This is what troubles DeafDigest.
   Professional interpreters are supposed to interpret
and not to inject personal political opinions. Even
if what she heard is a lie, should she have been
neutral while carrying out her interpreting duties?
   Many years ago a hard of hearing printer, volunteering
to interpret at union meetings, was accused of distorting
what the speaker spoke at the podium. His distortion
was what upset many deaf printers at these meetings.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Confidentiality among our interpreters and our relay operators
are a blessing for us, the deaf.

Not always that so years ago. A hearing person may volunteer
to make telephone calls on behalf of his deaf friend.
Unfortunately he makes the deaf business his business, ever
so nosey and so anxious to know what resulted in the 
telephone call he made.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

the world's best lipreader will catch 90 percent of
what is being said. This means that in a 10-word sentence,
he will miss one word.

That missed word may lead to a huge misunderstanding.

A hearing employee asked a deaf employee:
have you ever been into the computer system today? 

The deaf employee thought it was:
have you ever been into the computer system before?

It was a big difference because the computer system was
to be upgraded and all employees were asked to log out.
The deaf employee did not log out, and it messed up the

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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(new closing dates)

Employment vacancies
- School Educator I (closing date 12/18/2009)
- Sch Spch-lang Pathologist (closing date 12/16/2009)
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

contact person:


2 open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf and Walden School
Framingham, Massachusetts

- Residential Supervisor at Framingham Campus
The Residential Supervisor assists in supervising residential and 
social/recreational programming to ensure students gain the knowledge, 
independent living skills and interpersonal competencies needed to 
maximize their potential.

Requirements: MA/MS degree with at least 3 years of experience in 
supervisory level preferred. BA/BS degree with at least 5 years of 
related experience in supervisory level may be equivalent and 
willingness to pursue an advanced degree. Fluent in American Sign 
Language and written English.  Ability to communicate and work
effectively as part of a team. Experience in principles and practices 
of management in each program preferred.  Competency in Microsoft 
Office software programs. Willingness to work a varied schedule.

Supervisor:  Peter Bailey, Director of Student Life

- Day Child Care Worker /Temporary Position (1 Year) at Walden School
Responsible for implementing treatment plans and for the direct care 
and safety of the children residing at Walden School.

Education: Training or degree in Human Service Field       
Understanding of mental health and children's issues

Experience: 1 to 2 years in direct child care experience
Communications: ASL fluency
Supervisor:  Day Child Care Supervisor

If you are interested in any of the positions listed above, please 
contact with cover letter, resume, 3 written references
and employment application forms to:

Lynn Marshall
Personnel Administrator
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street, 
Framingham, MA 01701
Fax: 508/875-9203

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an Equal 
Employment Opportunity Employer


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 6, 2009)

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

- Director of Community Relations

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

- Computer Instructor (Part Time)

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


seeking applicants
NTID Director of Student Life Team
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

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


position opening
ASL Teacher
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Brattleboro, VT 

- degree in ASL or Deaf Studies preferred or equivalent experience

- native ASL User or fluency in ASL

- holds ASLTA certification or similar certification preferred

- knowledge of first and second language teaching methods

- knowledge of  Vista:  Signing Naturally Curriculum and other
appropriate materials

- teach ASL to students in Deaf and public schools

- teach ASL to staff and community members

- teach aspects of Deaf Culture

- develop syllabus, quizzes and exams

- participate in ASL Teachers' Meetings

SALARY: competitive salary schedule commensurating with experience

Kelly Therieau at :

phone/tty: 802-258-9510  
fax: 802-258-9574


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


Special notes:

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