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DeafDigest – 03 March 2013

DeafDigest Blue – March 3, 2013

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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This week’s ASL Videos with captions:

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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.


This just in –

Coming up real soon in Michigan is a revision of a set of rules related to interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Two state agencies are involved – the state Department of Civil Rights and the state Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Simply put, it is making the rules more efficient,
more practical and more applicable.

Top stories about the deaf:

The Oscars have pretty much dominated the news. There was
a mention of the Best Oscar Speech ever – which was given
by 1975 Best Actress winner – Louise Fletcher. A Coda,
she gave her speech in ASL to honor her deaf parents that
raised her.

There is an alarming trend in Great Britain, of financial
institutions converting to remote customer service
operations on the telephone, and refusing access to
deaf customers, via interpreters. They are still refused
access even when correct code numbers and code answers
are provided. The latest British bank to refuse access
is the Halifax banking chain. Access is still refused
even when the Halifax spokesperson has apologized.

From time to time we read of deaf individuals making

it in the world of music. The latest is Robbie Wilde,
a disk jockey in New York. He was widely written up
in the newspapers this week. He, however, does not use
sign language.

The NPR Labs won a contract from the Homeland Security and the FEMA to work on an emergency alerting system for the
deaf and the hard of hearing.

The feared Sequestration affecting the deaf federal employees?
Yes, according to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government.
this group is working with the Federal Employees with Disabilities in an effort to protect deaf and disabled


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A newpaper had a story of one family. The father is
deaf but does not use sign language.
The daughter is hearing, and uses SEE as the sign
language to communicate with the deaf brother.
The father encouraged the daughter to learn SEE but
refuses to learn sign language himself.
The mother is hearing and communicates orally with
everyone in the family.
Is the family strange? Yes!

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The Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Government

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April 8-10, 2013
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When we are happy, we use the sign – which is 4 fingers
touching own chest several times with fingers moving upwards.
Be careful if you communicate with a deaf person that uses
Inuit Sign Language. The Inuit is a group of tribes that live in
the cold weather parts of Greenland, Canada, Russia and Alaska.
Our sign for “happy” is the same as their sign for “to be

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IRS tax deductions for the deaf and hard of hearing

list is at:

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When we walk around and see vases in shop windows,
neon lights, restaurant glass murals, etc, we often
do not realize that much of these are glass blown.
This being said, do we have deaf glass blowers?
There is one – in an email sent to DeafDigest editor,
a deaf glass blower said he specializes in neon glasses,
and also in neon art glasses.


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DeafDigest editor read a posting on the web that non-certified
interpreters place the Deaf Community at a risk. The writer of
the posting was lobbying the state legislative body to enact a bill
to require all interpreters to be certified.
What does DeafDigest editor have to say about it? When interpreters
are poorly paid then membership dues are not affordable for them.
And besides, some of the best interpreters DeafDigest editor has ever
seen are some Codas, and yes, they are non-certified. And they interpret much better than some of these certified interpreters!
Yes, all interpreters should be certified, though.


hearing person telling the interpreter:

I don’t need you; the deaf person and I communicate
just fine

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


Using computer-aided transcription (CAT) or captioning software, a
realtime captioner or CART provider utilizes a computerized personal
dictionary in order to translate steno strokes into English words.
The captioner may input entries into a personal dictionary that look
something like this:


If the captioner were to write the sounds KOPB/STAPB/TEUPB/OEP/-L,
they would translate as “con Stan tin opal.”

In order to translate properly, the captioner would have to input an
additional entry to his or her dictionary like this:

Every word or phrase that a captioner writes must be in the computer
dictionary created by the captioner. With thousands of words and
phrases in a captioner’s dictionary, it is sometimes difficult for
the captioner to remember if a particular word or phrase has been
inputted into the dictionary.

You might see occasional unusual translations when you are watching
realtime captioning simply because a captioner does not have that
word or phrase in his or her dictionary yet.


being habitually confronting hearing people on deaf needs –
interpreting, captions, etc

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user, etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)



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A deaf girl in a school in Wales lost her interpreter because
she quit her job. The school has not found a replacement
interpreter. The girl’s angry parents have filed a lawsuit
against the school district for not finding a replacement


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

The first leg of the Open Captioning law suit
war ended in a battle victory for deaf plaintiffs John
Stanton, Kevin Ball and Aaron Fudenske. But the war is
far from over as there may be more battles to be waged.
Judge Kessler rejected motion for summary judgment
from defendants AMC Entertainment and Loews Cineplex
Entertainment to squash this lawsuit.
The case will go to trial at the US District
Court for the District of Columbia sometime soon.
Defendants argued that the captions “would” cost
too much money. Well, with mega-millions of dollars
movie budgets, these defendants are claiming that
just few thousand dollars, a drop in the bucket, is
“too much” money.
Will the defendants settle? Or will they spend
millions of dollars in legal fees in this case just
to scrimp on few thousand dollars more per film
for captions, claiming it would break their bank?
This is the big question right now.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

EEOC is saying that the federal government
do not have enough employees that are disabled,
the deaf included.
A report was distributed last week, saying
the employment rate is the lowest in 20 years.
Why? Either deaf people do not want to work
for the government or the government has not
reached out to these potential deaf employees??


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

There was a story of a police officer “fluent” in
sign language. He learned signs after attending
sign language classes and passing the exams.
Yet, this police officer says he rarely uses
sign language.

If the police officer rarely uses signs, would he
suddenly remember how to sign it fluently when a deaf person approaches him?


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A deaf employee was talking with a hearing employee
about deceased pets

The deaf employee thought the hearing person said:

My daughter is allergic to my cat

She actually said:

My dog still looks for my cat



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position opening
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Ogden, Utah

more information at:


Job Opening
Employment Specialist/ Job Developer for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Utah State Office of Rehabilitation- Div. Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Taylorsville, Utah

Salary Range: $18.90 – $31.65
Application Period: 2/25/2013 – 3/18/2013

Full time with full benefits

Job Description:
Increase job opportunities for people who are deaf and hard of hearing by matching job seekers to potential employers based on individual’s skills and qualifications; conducting job readiness assessments and developing employment plans; building and maintaining relationships with companies and job seekers; providing support to employers including educating about work incentives, accommodation technology, tax credits, and other job supports; teach employment search strategies to job seekers one-on-one and in group setting.  American Sign Language skills is required.

For a detailed position description and to apply, please visit

Job description
Lead Social Worker (LSW, LPC, LCSW)
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center
Corpus Christi, TX

Experienced Lead Social Worker needed for full service agency that provides social, employment and recreational programs and services to a large population of deaf and hard of hearing people in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas. Consumers are primarily adults, with occasional activities and events targeted for youth and children. Among the population most needful of social services and case management is that of deaf adults with developmental disabilities (aka .deaf +. or .low functioning deaf.) in the areas of fiscal management, home management, social interactions and safety. The community served includes the Corpus Christi and surrounding area, with expected expansion to areas served by other agency programs: the area between Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley region. Note: as a general rule, DHHC does not provide ongoing counseling for those with severe psychiatric/behavioral needs. Reports to the DHHC Executive Director.

Requirements: –    Masters Degree in Social Work with licensing (Medicaid and private insurance billable)
–    At least 2 years post-licensing experience, including billing requirements
–    Fluency in ASL, English, PSE and MLS (minimal language skills communication)
–    Experience with deaf adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including those from Latino cultures, those with college experience/goals, those with minimal education/daily living skills, etc.
–    At least 3 years experience in social work settings . 2 with deaf people of varying educational and communicational characteristics
–    Familiarity with case management/social work/assessment documents, functions and reports
–    Ability to provide assessments/assessment support for eligibility standards for state, private and other systems
–    Demonstrated ability to work well with others, often under stress
–    Experience in/ability to supervise others (interns, direct service staff, etc.) and teach basic methods and tasks
–    Experience and skill in both independent and teamwork activities

Job Duties: –    Provide social services/case management for up to 50+ consumers/families
–    Provide individual or couple/family counseling for non-psychiatric matters (primarily for adults)
–    Serve as agency liaison to MHMR, DARS and other community and public agencies for policy and community service matters
–    Conduct/assist in Assessments for MHMR, DARS and other systems for consumer eligibility and/or diagnosis
–    Oversee and assure integrity of agency Intake forms and procedure, case notes and related documents and files
–    Work with staff and partner agencies to establish and conduct group sessions for topics of interest to consumers and/or families
–    Generate accurate Reports for internal purposes and for grant or other funding entities
–    Train and oversee staff efforts with social services/human services
–    Additional duties as directed

Compensation: from $38+ . DOE

Agency benefits: Base Health Insurance Plan (employee pays 1/4)
Dental, Vision and AFLAC available – employee self-pay

Additional Benefits: At least 2 professional Social Work/CEU mini-conferences/sessions per year paid by DHHC, with approval of E.D.

Note: 3 professional letters of recommendation will be required for this position. DHHC requires Background checks for criminal, SSA and DMV records

– no position engagement is final until Record Checking is complete.

Letters of Interest/Resume to:

Mary E. Wambach, Executive Director

FAX: (361-993-4271) or email:


position opening
female physical education teacher
Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind

go to:


position announcement
Interpreter Trainer/ Outreach Specialist
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center
position based in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Type of appointment: Full time, non-exempt employee
Location: Position available in Las Vegas, Nevada
Posting date: February 19, 2013
Closing date:  March 14, 2013

–    work closely with the Northern Nevada Interpreter Trainer on goals and objectives for interpreter training
–    assist with mentoring activities
–    educate entities regarding the use of sign language interpreters; will provide presentations and focus on improving existing systems and efforts
–    will be a liaison between DHHARC and RID/NVRID in Southern Nevada
–    focus on strengthening interpreting community in terms of training and networking
–    provide interpreter workshops with CEU.s on educational and legal subject matter –    proctor NIC/EIPA tests
–    travel in Southern Nevada and rural areas to provide on-site mentoring and training

The outreach specialist will:
–    work directly with the Deputy Director to coordinate outreach efforts to promote DHHARC services for the community, businesses, agencies and private interest groups
–    focus on building relationships in Southern Nevada with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to resolve concerns and respond to inquiries and information requests
–    coordinate outreach activities and represent DHHARC at community events in Southern Nevada
–    Perform other duties as assigned by Deputy Director

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

–    Experience in community relations and outreach
–    Experience and knowledge of local community agencies and resources
–    Comfortable with public speaking
–    Must be registered as an interpreter with the State of Nevada at the skilled level or above
–    Observe the professional conduct code (RID) –    Able to work independently as well as a part of a team
–    In-depth knowledge of Deaf Community’s needs
–    Ability to grow with the job’s demands and the Organization

–    Bachelor’s Degree
–    Must hold a nationally acclaimed certification (RID)

All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 1150 Corporate Blvd., Suite 1, Reno, NV 89502.

The application form is found at:


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

For further information contact Operations Manager Laura Daviton at or (775) 355-8994 (voice), (775) 355-8996 (fax), (775) 434-0290 (VP).


Full-Time job announcement
Client Support Specialist
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency
San Leandro, California

DCARA has an opening for the position of Client Support Specialist with a primary focus on the hard of hearing and late deafened community.  This full-time position will report to the Director of Client Support Services and work with deaf, hard of hearing or deafened youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Client Support Specialist will provide services including, but not limited to, community education, information & referral and peer counseling in addition to meeting the specific needs of the hard of hearing and late deafened community.

–    Host a variety of workshops and classes focusing on the social, emotional, communication and other daily living needs of hard of hearing and deafened individuals and their families.
–    Work with the Director of Client Support Services to develop linkages and working relationships with governmental and community-based organizations/agencies in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County as well as other agencies primarily serving the deaf,  hard of hearing and late deafened community to advocate for equal communication access.
–    Represent DCARA and/or the deaf community at meetings and community events. –    Provide the following services: peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills, information & referral, employment and community education.
–    Coordinate special projects as delegated by the Director of Client Support Services.
–    All other duties and assigned,

–    BA degree in Deaf studies, social services or related fields, OR 3 years of documented experience in service provision in a human services setting.
–    Knowledge about the needs of the hard of hearing and deafened community.
–    Ability to use computer and word processing software; knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook) preferred.
–    A valid driver’s license and vehicle with current automobile insurance as required by law; able to travel to appointments within the workweek (California driver’s license required within four weeks of hire).

–    Knowledge of assistive listening devices and technology used by hard of hearing and late deafened individuals.
–    Fluency in American Sign Language and working knowledge in the field of deafness and Deaf culture.
–    Experience in giving presentations, excellent project management and public relations skills, and a good team player .
–    Ability to relate with diverse groups of deaf and hard of hearing persons including, but not limited to, deaf senior citizens, deaf-blind persons, foreign-born deaf persons, and others .

SALARY:  Salary is negotiable dependent on education and experience. DCARA offers 12 days of holiday leave plus a paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Send an application (available at under .Jobs.), cover letter, three letters of reference and resume to:
Human Resources
DCARA Headquarters
14895 E. 14th St., Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578

DCARA is an At-Will and equal opportunity employer.


position opening
Licensed Clinical Social Worker or
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Rockville, MD

LCSW-C/LCPC, Special Needs & Deaf Services

General Overview:
JSSA’s Special Needs & Deaf Services (SNDS) team has an immediate opening for a part-time (<18.75 hours per week) Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor to join our growing team.  Our SNDS team is a dedicated team of clinicians and C.A.R.E.  managers committed to providing cutting edge services and programs and support for children, adults and families.  We have expertise in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities and other special needs, as well as for children, teens and adults in our community who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Additionally, we provide full-service case management to include care coordination, assessments, referrals, advocacy and accessing information and benefits for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs.

Position Qualifications:
This is an excellent opportunity for an ASL certified clinician.  The ideal candidate will have proven experience with individual, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults, and a strong knowledge base, experience and passion for working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Case management expertise strongly desired. LCSW-C or LCPC and a minimum of 2 years of post-licensure clinical experience required.   Occasional home visits in Montgomery County and some evening hours required.

The Ina Kay Building
200 Wood Hill Road
Rockville, MD  20850

Apply Now:
Please submit the following application materials to
–    Cover letter with salary requirements
–    Resume
–    Contact information for 3 supervisory references

About JSSA:
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) has been helping people across the Washington metropolitan area meet emotional, social, and physical challenges for more than 120 years. A nonsectarian provider, we serve people of all religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, helping the youngest child to the most fragile senior, from individuals to entire families. JSSA provides services and support to nearly 37,000 individuals a year through our wide range of counseling, educational, employment, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services.

We are a growing Agency and strive to be an Employer of Choice.  As such we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a healthy work-life balance, collaborative team environment and many opportunities for personal growth and professional development.  We pride ourselves on our mission to be the first place for the Jewish community, as well as the community at large, to turn for clinical and social services of the highest quality that sustain and nurture all who seek assistance.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Learn more about us at


Job Announcement
Supervising Teacher III
California School for the Deaf
Riverside, CA

Salary: $7,407 – $9,922 Monthly

Final filing date:  March 29, 2013

California Department of Education
Position: Supervising Teacher III
Director of Instruction
Area: Instruction

Work Schedule:
This position is a 12 month position with vacation hours accrued monthly.

Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Director of Instruction oversees and supervises the Curriculum Supervisor, Technology and Training Services Supervisor, Special Instructional Projects Supervisor and all Instructional Principals.

Provide daily leadership, guidance, supervision and direction to nine program supervisors

Provide training, support, and visionary leadership in the areas of curriculum implementation, dual language philosophy, positive behavior intervention, professional learning communities, standards- based education and classroom observations

Conduct Instructional Management Team meetings as well as some general faculty meetings

Serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet team with the other Directors to discuss school wide issues

Provide leadership and training to ensure school wide consistency to school and state policies, state education code, and federal legislation.

Utilize communication systems which promote and maintain a positive, professional school climate

Oversee the recruitment and hiring processes for teachers, teaching assistants, and program supervisors.

Supervise Director of Instruction secretary in the overall operations of the Instruction Division

Promote positive relationships with staff, parents, students and the community by soliciting their input and participation in school programs and activities

Work closely with administrators and support staff in the Business office, Student Services and Residential program to facilitate coordination of all services which support the Instructional program

Coordinate and monitor all visiting interns and substitute teachers

Serve as a Disaster Team Leader for the Instructional staff in all practice drills and in the event of disaster.

Work with Instructional supervisors on staff evaluations and all disciplinary actions

Required Qualifications:
Five years experience as a classroom teacher in a program for the Deaf

Three years experience as a Supervisor or Principal of teachers

Fluency in ASL and standard written English

Master’s degree and possession of or eligibility for California credentials authorizing teaching and administrative services

Knowledge of state and federal laws related to education
– Ability to use technology effectively
Desired Qualifications:
– Knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to engage the Deaf community in fulfilling the mission of the school
– Knowledge of the professional standards for the teaching profession
– Knowledge of dual language philosophy
– Ability to make presentations to groups and using effective techniques for decision making
– Skill in managing multiple tasks at all times
– Ability to work collaboratively with others
– Ability to provide mentoring to program supervisors
– Ability to model effective leadership techniques

Salary: Monthly $7,407 – $9,922
*Plus $400 per month or $4800 annually Recruitment & Retention Pay
*Plus $100 per month or $1200 annually upon passing a bilingual fluency examination or upon providing a certified passing score on the ASLPI

Conditions of Employment:
Pre-employment background checks, fingerprints, tuberculosis test, and verification of transcripts and

How to Apply:
Submit a completed .Employee School Application., official transcripts, and copies of credential(s) to:

California School for the Deaf, Riverside
3044 Horace Street
Riverside, CA 92506
Attention: Mal Grossinger, Superintendent

Deadline to file:
Applications must be received no later than March 29, 2013 by 4:30p.m.

Applications are accessible on the Internet ( ) in the CSDR Jobs Section, Instructional
Application link, or by contacting Rachel Armstrong at (951) 248-7700 ext. 6562

California State Government an Affirmative Action Employer- Equal
Opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin,
ancestry, gender, marital status, disability, religion or
political affiliation, age or gender orientation


Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA.s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, would like you to be aware of the numerous employment opportunities in FEMA Region VII.  They are recruiting a Regional Disability Integration Specialist (GS-301-11/12).  Please feel free to forward this notification to anyone who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity to join FEMA and help integrate and coordinate national disability inclusive emergency management efforts.   Please follow the link below to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.GOV.

Regional Disability Integration Specialist, GS-0301-11/12:

Job Title: Sign Language Interpreter/Reading Specialist, GS 12 (EX)
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number: 00-2013-0062

SALARY RANGE: $74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1001-12
POSITION INFORMATION: Excepted Service – Permanent; Full-time
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC

Any questions should be directed to: AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Rita Smith
Phone: 202-233-9342
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-324-3000

NE ADA Center

The Office of Aging and Long Term Care (OALTC) at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) is seeking a full time Senior Project Manager to lead the development of a new Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (MFEI), an assessment instrument to be used to determine long term care support needs for frail elderly, physically disabled, and traumatic brain injured Medicaid customers in the State of Kansas. The Senior Project Manager will have primary responsibility for developing and testing the MFEI, including validity and reliability testing.  The Senior Project Manager will also be responsible for managing the administrative functions of the MFEI project across research partners. A complete application consists of an online application, cover letter, CV or resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for 3 references. Position runs thru FY 2014. Subsequent renewal contingent upon funding. For complete job description and to apply, go to  Application deadline is 3/15/13. $62-65K.  EOE M/F/D/V

Interpreter Position Open at ASD
P. O. Box 698 . Talladega, Alabama 35161

R- 2675 Position ID#200690 Posting Date: February 19, 2013

POSITION: Interpreter
Alabama School for the Deaf

. High School diploma or GED is required.
. Must possess and maintain current Alabama Interpreter License or renewable permit or be able to obtain upon offer of employment National Certification.
. Preference will be given to applicants with formal work experience in interpreting for the deaf.
. Basic computer knowledge and be willing to obtain up-to-date technology/information regarding computers/equipment.
. Must possess sufficient skills to interpret in a variety of settings (educational, medical, legal, etc.)
. Must possess the ability to work cooperatively with staff and community.
. Must be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
. Must possess knowledge of Deaf culture.
. Must possess a valid Alabama Driver’s license or be able to obtain such upon employment and dependable transportation.
. Knowledge of federal and state laws related to interpreting.
. A past work history that indicates good leadership skills, good interpersonal skills, mature judgment, creativity and the ability to be flexible and exercise individual initiative.
. A minimum sign language proficiency entry level of INTERMEDIATE PLUS, according to the AIDB evaluation system. A proficiency level of ADVANCED PLUS must be obtained within thirty (30) months of employment according to the AIDB evaluation system.
. The successful applicant must submit to a criminal history background information check including, but not limited to, FBI and ABI record repositories. Upon offer of employment, the applicant must present a non-refundable fee of $51.40 and appear for scheduled finger printing appointment.

AIDB is sensitive to the needs of Blind or Visually Impaired and Deaf or Hard of Hearing and will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees that do not impose undue hardship and are not essential functions of the job.

. Provide interpreting services for students, staff, and the community.
. Provide sign language training to staff and students (not for class credit unless the applicant has a teaching certificate and has ASL TA Certification).
. Provide advocacy skills training for students.
. Mentor ASD Students regarding obtaining and proper utilization of interpreters.
. Participate in or schedule interpreters for educational meetings (i.e. IEP meetings, Behavior Intervention meetings, parent/student discipline meetings, staff meetings, etc.) as assigned.
. Maintain state and/or national certification in interpreting as per Alabama Interpreter Licensure Board.
. Team with contract interpreters when called upon.
. Assist with managing and obtaining contract interpreters as related to ASD needs.
. Assist with the management of the Contract Interpreter Budget for ASD.
. Maintain Interpreter Calendar (as per requests) including informing requesting staff when there are limited or no interpreters available.
. Be “On-Call” for emergency Interpreting Needs related to ASD.
. Mentor Interpreter Interns as assigned.
. Organize, maintain, evaluate and recruit interpreters for the ASD Contract Interpreter Pool.
. Schedule/assign, monitor, evaluate and provide feedback related to Interpreters in the ASD Contract Interpreter Pool. . Perform other duties as assigned.

SALARY: $31,953 – $42,629 Scale D3 Rank 47
(207 days)
Direct Deposit is required
This is an exempt position, and is not subject to overtime or compensatory provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


This position is funded by a grant award, funded by revenue generated, necessary for compliance or provides direct service delivery.

Assistive Technology Specialist Position Dear Members,



The position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Civil Rights Center (CRC), Office if Internal Enforcement (OlE), Reasonable Accommodation Center.

Incumbent serves as the Reasonable Accommodation and Assistive Technology Specialist for OlE’s Reasonable Accommodation Resources Center (RARC), which includes the delivery of RARC services, program, and customer support. The RARC is a one stop shop providing reasonable accommodation related information, assistive technology services, for people with disabilities, including needs assessments, alternate format production services, assistive technology devices and equipment and Section 508 assistance to assist DOL in compliance with accessibility laws. Although the incumbent reports to the Chief, OlE, he/she is expected to work independently in performing the major job duties and responsibilities.


. Works closely with the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer and Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) to identify, evaluate, and meet assistive technology needs of customers.

. Incorporates knowledge of ergonomic principles and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, as amended (ADAAA) to meet the equipment modification needs of customers.

. Receives, routes, processes, and documents requests for all needs assessments, assistive technology requests and related RARC services requests to ensure timely responses to all requesters for acquisition of assistive technologies and provides current status on each request received and identifies agency services that are not available to meet customer needs and report them to the Chief, OlE, through the RARC Program Manager.

. Researches required information for requests that cannot be met through CAP and provides recommendations for consideration including providing vendor and product information to managers to the Chief, OlE, through the RARC Program Manager, for the purpose of procuring reasonable accommodations equipment and supplies on the open market.

. Facilitates utilization of CAP’s Technology Evaluation Center for appropriate needs assessments activities and coordinates with other Federal Agencies such as Department of Agriculture TARGET Center and the Department of the Interior Accessible Technology Center as needed. Attend assistive technology conferences and workshops such as the International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, (CSUN), the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference (ATIA) and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Conference (RESNA) to keep abreast of the current technology, services and approaches to providing reasonable accommodations and assistive technology.

. Conducts Section 508 Testing as required to ensure electronic and information technologies conform to current Section 508 accessibility requirements and provides alternate format production for DOL employees, programs, and events.

. Conducts assistive technology and disability related trainings for employees, managers and supervisors as needed at the DOL National Office and regional offices.

. Promotes, markets, and informs DOL managers and employees on overall services provided by the RARC by developing briefings, trainings and other materials as needed to assist the RARC program.

. Provides program with timely and accurate maintenance of the RARC database.

. Analyzes, evaluates and develops data reports to ensure the maximum utilization of resources to accomplish the mission and develops and submits periodic reports on services to the Chief, OlE.

. Serves as Government Purchase Card Holder for the RARC and purchases reasonable accommodation equipment, software and services in accordance with Program Office and DOL guidelines.

. Monitors the RARC assistive equipment and related supplies inventory and conducting periodic inventories.

This job opening is available for non-competitive hiring.  If you qualify or are interested in this position, please email your resume and/or any Schedule A documents to Naomi Barry-Perez, Director – Civil Rights Center, U.S. Department of Labor at:, as soon as possible.

Job Opportunity: Supported Home Living Attendant – Kerrville

DATE: 2/18/13

TIME: immediate

1610 Goat Creek Rd
Kerrville, Texas (one hour northwest from San Antonio)

Supported Home Living Attendant

Immediate opening for an attendant with Hill Country Signs of Hope. Must know Sign Language and be able to assist individual in the understanding of life skills. Position south of San Antonio,  For more information, please call Angela @ 210-725-8193.

Compensation based on experience


Looking for a part time employee who signs – Austin, Texas

I work for the Mary Lee Foundation, which is a non-profit in South Austin that provides services for people with disabilities.  One of the people we provide for is deaf so I am looking for a female employee to work part time who signs to work with this young lady.  The hours would be Tuesday and Thursday after school (around 5p-7p) and 5-6 hours on a Saturday or Sunday.  They would be taking her on activities and teaching her good social and community skills.  The job requirements are being at least 21 years old, valid Texas drivers license, good driving record, good criminal history, non-smoker, ability to lift without restriction, good writing skills.

Leigh Dunson
Mary Lee Foundation

*Department of Rehabilitation Services **JOB OPPORTUNITY*

*INTERPRETER ASSISTANT (Deaf and Hearing Impaired)*

*Posting Date: January 31, 2013 Closing Date: February 19, 2013 **PLEASE

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) division of the Department of
Rehabilitation Services presently is recruiting to fill multiple full-time
Interpreter Assistant (Deaf and Hearing Impaired) positions located at its
Bridgeport Regional office and at its Hartford offices.



*Current State Employees and the Public Social and Human Services (P-2)*

*$44,595.00 – $56,331.00 Annually (SH 17) Bridgeport and Hartford
84773 **February
19, 2013*

Serves as interpreter to deaf and hearing impaired professional staff in
telephone calls, at meetings and conferences and in conduct of routine
agency business; performs routine office work during times when not needed
as interpreter including filing, record keeping, typing, and answering
telephone requests for information; directs clients to proper agency staff
member and assists clients in placing telephone calls, interpreting if
necessary; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of all forms of interpreting for the deaf and hearing impaired;
knowledge of routine office procedures; familiarity with the National
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NRID) Code of Ethics; interpersonal
skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to compose routine
letters; ability to follow complex instructions given in sign language as
well as verbally.


Experience as an interpreter in a variety of situations involving the deaf
and hearing-impaired including two (2) years employment in general office

*SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Incumbents in this class may be required to travel
and must be registered with the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
and possess an appropriate certification for the specific setting issued by
the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NRID) and/or National
Association of the Deaf (NAD), in accordance with section 46a-33a of the
Connecticut General Statutes. *

*APPLICATION PROCEDURE: *Candidates who meet the above requirements should
submit a completed State of Connecticut Application for Examination or
Employment (CT-HR-12). The CT-HR-12 Application Form maybe downloaded from
the State of Connecticut.s Department of Administrative Services Human
Resources Website at:
When faxing materials, please keep a copy of your completed application and
the fax transmittal receipt for your records, and do not mail a copy of
your application form if you have faxed the materials. Due to the large
number of applications received, we cannot confirm receipt of applications.
*Additionally, incomplete applications will not be accepted*. Please submit
via mail or fax your completed application (CT-HR-12) to:

*Melvin A. Jackson, Principal Human Resources Specialist Department of
Rehabilitation Services 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106 FAX: (860)



Long Island

Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School on Montauk Highway in West Islip is looking for a substitute ASL Teacher while their regular teacher is on leave.  The position starts in the beginning of March. A teacher is needed for two periods:

Period D (10:16-10:56) for ASL II
Period G (12:28-1:08) for ASL I.

The contact person is:

Colleen Cafiso
World Language Chairperson/Teacher
St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
(631) 587-8000 ext. 147


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