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DeafDigest – 31 March 2013

DeafDigest Blue – March 31, 2013

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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“Lost in the System” at Harris Communications

A new book at Harris Communications, “Lost in the System” tells the
story of Tom Gibson’s six year battle to receive Special Education
services for his deaf son, Max. Tom listened to Max’s teachers talk
about what a joy it was to have him in class, only then to find out
they couldn’t educate Max and wanted to toss him aside after wasting
two years of his education.

Tom writes, “Alienated and pushed aside from the moment Max entered
the District, it was heartbreaking to watch and wonder what was to
become of Max. Fear overcame me; scared Max would be forever lost in
an educational system unable to teach him. It became my life’s
mission to fix the wrong that was done to Max.”

Find “Lost in the System” (B1242) at Harris Communications for only

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.


Dedication –

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jerry Dincin,
not deaf. He founded the Thresholds, which is
the largest mental health agency in Illinois. He
made it a point to have his agency serve the
mental health needs of the deaf for many years.

this just in –

Cochlear, this huge Australian CI manufacturer, afraid of
Hangzhou Nurotron Biotechnology, a Chinese company? A CI
from Cochlear costs somewhat between $50,000-$60,000.
This Chinese upstart costs approximately $16,000 for
an implant. Great news? Well, do keep in mind that many
Chinese products are notorious for shoddy workmanship with
cheap parts that break down fast. This is not to say
that Hangzhou Nurotron Biotechnology uses cheap CI
parts – just beware with eyes open.

Top stories about the deaf:

State commissions for the deaf all share a common
mission – to reach out to their deaf and hard of hearing
residents. The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is no exception – launching an online
media center to allow its residents to access it to
obtain needed information and advice.

Malawi is a small country in southeast Africa. It has become
the latest nation to enact a Disability Act, which gives
rights to the disabled and the deaf. It is sort of their
own ADA.

Employers are still not hiring the disabled and the deaf. This
is the complaint was a hot issue this week in the newspapers.

The Federal people are filing a lawsuit against the Placer County
(California) disability group. The irony is that while the
disability group helps the disabled, this agency has discriminated
against a deaf employee. This is the basis for the job
discrimination lawsuit.

Because of high demand for services for the deaf, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, is seeking
to expand its quarters. Right now, the quarters are cramped
with employees and with clients, hence the need to grow in
space. Hopefully construction will begin in 2014.


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In Uganda, a nation in Africa, there is a group
of deaf people that cannot communicate – they do not
know sign language; they cannot read and write; and
they do not know how to gesture properly.
This makes it frustrating for police officers
and social workers that want to communicate with them.
This is a sad situation in Uganda.

– for ASL News version with captions,

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Many deaf employees face job discrimination
(no video TTY, no interpreters, no promotions, etc)
But what is the big irony? There are some social
service agencies that hire the deaf to work with
deaf and the disabled – yet would discriminate
against them!
To help the deaf and to discriminate against them?
This is a cruel irony.

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What does a case manager for the deaf do?

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There was a newspaper story of Johari Omari becoming
the first deaf automobile mechanic in Uganda.
The story said he is the nation’s first and the only deaf
auto mechanic.
The story explained that discrimination against the deaf
is strong in Uganda, many natives wanting to have nothing
to do with the deaf – even if their children were born deaf!


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It is taking place in Las Vegas – and the keynote
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the cutting edge in captioning technology.


being told –

I assume you learn a lot about the subject matter after
interpreting for your deaf student

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


A captioner, CART provider, or court reporter may enter the same word
into his or her personal dictionary in multiple ways.  For example, a
captioner may enter the word “paparazzi” with different






Even though the word “paparazzi” has been entered into the
captioner’s dictionary in multiple ways, if the captioner heard the
word pronounced differently today and wrote it differently, it still
may not translate properly.  For instance, the captioner may write
POP/ROT/SEU, and that could then translate as “pop rotsy.”


having hearing people sneak up behind, pulling pranks
knowing the deaf person cannot hear footsteps!

(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)



We specialize in remodeling bath and kitchen of your dream throughout metro Washington, DC area.

This service is run by deaf owner with a mix of deaf and hearing crews.

To learn more about this company at


Job opening
kitchen and bathroom installer
Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only

We are seeking kitchen and bathroom installer with a minimum of 5 years experience in demolition, plumbing, electricity, tiling, carpentry,
painting, flooring, and a good attitude.

All projects are in Northern VA, DC, and Maryland only.

Contact Elijah Gold at
or VP at 202-400-2655


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We have the ADA, but a disability law specialist said:

these federal, as well as state laws are complicated and there
are always exceptions to exceptions!


Did you know that — Shelley Beattie?

Shelley Beattie’s popularity peaked during the nineties,
as a multi-talented performer – champion body builder,
American Gladiator TV participant, member of all-women’s
America’s Cup challenger crew, nutrition company spokesperson,
etc. Her successes were not without problems; she felt that
her deafness prevented her from these lucrative endorsements
and personal appearances. Not able to overcome these personal
and business problems, she faded into obscurity and died
in 2008 while still relatively young.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A Deaf Pocket Watch priced at $5,400.00 priced for
sale over the EBay? Not a joke – this piece, posted up
by a seller from The Netherlands, has attracted over 20
bids before the gavel slammed on the podium, counting 1-2-3.
A caveat – deaf as named in United States may have
a different meaning in The Netherlands.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

New River Valley, in Virginia, where Virginia
Tech is located nearby, will be losing its only
shoe repair shop, thanks to a heartless
That shoe repair shop was owned by Harley Helms,
who is deaf, and who has been in the trade since
1938, first as an employee and then as an
The landlord wanted the shop to vacate to
make way for a new tenant even though the
owner and his family have never missed making
rent payments and would easily have afforded
the steep hike in the monthly rental rate.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

many successful hearing people (salespersons, tycoons,
industrialists, attorneys, etc) are often walking
around, talking to two different people at the same
time with two cell phones, one in each hand.

do we see successful deaf people walking around,
doing hunt and peck with their wireless pagers,
one in each hand?

While we have our deaf success stories, such
wireless pager multi-tasking is not found among them


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Talking about Washington Nationals baseball pitchers,
I thought my friend said:

the Nats sent Pray back to the minors

He actually said:

the Nats sent Bray back to the minors



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–  Account Manager –  Los Angeles

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Rancho Cucamonga

–  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles (2 positions open)

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside

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

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Manager
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

V/TDD:  (323) 550-4207
Fax #:  (323) 550-4204



Position Announcement
Sign Language Interpreter
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Salisbury, Maryland

Translates from American Sign Language (ASL) and other lesser known coding/sign languages to English, and back with deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers and their service provider.   Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers in a variety of settings.  One year of full time experience equivalent to interpreting for various levels of communication skills. Specialized experience in translating, interpreting; and must be sufficient to demonstrate: knowledge of English, American Sign Language (ASL), and Manually Coded English (MCE) to perform Sign-to-English and English-to-Sign interpretation; knowledge of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics and effective written and oral communication skills. Applicants must show proof of certification or equivalent and position may require long periods of concentration and standing for periods of a time.

Up to 40 hours a week plus benefits with varying hours from week to week and must adhere to strict confidentiality.

Interested applicants may send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Deaf Independent Living Association, Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or email to

Only qualified applicants with salary requirements will be considered.

EEOC Employer.


Employment opening
Communication Specialist
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Springs, CO

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments.  We empower learners to become self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their communities.

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to consider our employment opportunities.   Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB’s website at: where the official job announcement for Communication Specialist / Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) may be found in its entirety, including major duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment.  This job announcement is open until the position is filled.

BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION: This position reports to the Director of Special Education, and is responsible for providing speech language instruction to Preschool through Transition age students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing.

–    Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders from an accredited college or university, with interest in serving students with special needs.
–    Must hold or be eligible for appropriate special services licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed in Speech-Language Pathology.
–    Must hold Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire.
–    Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. –    Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced skill level, as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy.

Terms of Employment:  The annual employment contract shall be based on the standard number of working days in the academic year (currently 185 days, August to June), beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.  The base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience.  Excellent benefits.

Application Instructions:  Interested persons are invited to visit the CSDB website (Non-Classified Employment) to view the official job announcement in its entirety; follow the instructions to submit a complete on-line application (to include salary history and references), and to upload the following items to the on-line application:  formal letter of interest, current resume, recent letters of recommendation (with signature), copies of all transcripts, a copy of current educator certification (if applicable), and a copy of Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) (if applicable).  Contact information:

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind / Website: 33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
E-mail: (719) 578-2114 (phone);  (719) 578-2239 (fax)

Interviews will be conducted on-site at the
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

CSDB is an EOE


career announcement
Vocational Program Director I
COPD Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

No 03-10-058
STATUS    Exempt

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families, supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for excellence.  As a value-driven organization we create an environment where everyone can thrive and meet their full potential. We strive to create the same sense of unity amongst our employees as we do the community members we serve. Through our work, we put into action what we believe in, have hope in, and envision.

Our total compensation package is above the average employer; offering full time employees 27 days off their first year with sick, vacation and holiday, a Pension Plan, and a 403(b) match, 100% paid health insurance, life, LTD and an array of other competitive benefits.  The ideal candidate has a passion for providing support and services to individuals and families in need. This candidate also has hope in the abilities and strengths of the people we serve to find solutions to their struggles and improve their lives.

PRIMARY FUNCTION Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program performing intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals.  Develops employment options and coordinates job placement efforts by improving the employment outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and persons with disabilities.  Coordinates with employers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and training delivery systems.  Maintains contractual relationship with funding source, maintains unit records of consumer contacts to include unit counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes and daily checklists while ensuring that all contractual documentation in client files is complete. Supervise and independently evaluate employees. May perform other duties as assigned.

–    Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program performing intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals
–    Works with team of COPD-NM staff to review intake information and to coordinate services
–    Develops consumer plans and coordinates consumer activities through the Agency system
–    Reviews referrals and provides intake and initial assessment for program eligibility; completes all required program paper work
–    Provides assessments addressing training needs, support needs and environmental adaptation needs of the work site
–    Develops relationships with community employers to provide a network of training and job placement opportunities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and persons with disabilities
–    Performs vocational counseling, job development, and job coaching –    Collaborates and coordinates with Vocational Rehabilitation, WIA, Welfare to Work, youth opportunity programs, dislocated worker programs, school systems, employers, consumer based organizations, training delivery systems and community vocational rehabilitation programs to increase access to training and job opportunities
–    Assures that staff are aware, trained and knowledgeable of CCS and SCS policies
–    Management and oversight of contracts and grants related to Vocational Rehabilitation, private foundations and other governmental entities
–    Develops and prepares required contract monitoring reports for all agency programs –    Acts as a liaison to other community agencies
–    Ensures that all programs, services and staff actions adhere to contract requirements, licensing and accreditation standards, and CCS Personnel Policies and Procedures
–    Supports Agency growth through the development of enclave options and NISH contracts
–    Supports the Agency’s use of best practices
–    Consults with staff supervisor, as needed, to assure the competencies of the strategies with staff and the use and integration of techniques with consumers in the program
–    Meets with employers and supports the development of training and employment options for consumers
–    Enters data on consumer demographics, caseload size, and performance measures and develops reports, as requested
–    Maintains communication with referral sources
–    Works with schools and the County to set up classes for Deaf youth and adults in the areas of cognitive therapy and employment retention skills
–    Develops job options and markets potential job openings to include development of OJT contracts; monitors the expenditures of all OJT contracts
–    Writes monthly progress reports, as required
–    Maintains an up-to-date employer contract record
–    Maintains unit records of consumer contacts to include unit counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes and daily checklists
–    Ensures all contractual documentation in client file is complete
–    Provides follow-up services to ensure client and employer satisfaction
–    Coordinates vocational information workshops for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers and employers
–    Represents agency on planning committees as determined by supervisor
–    Review staff monthly reports for submittal to state entity
–    Reviews all job placements and works with staff and employers on coaching needs
–    Supervise and independently evaluate employees
–    May drive agency or personal vehicle on company business

–    Bachelor’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related field
–    5 years of experience serving as a Vocational Counselor
–    2 years of experience working directly with Deaf individuals
–    Fluent in American Sign Language skills
–    1 year of supervisory experience
–    Knowledge of the Vocational Rehabilitation system
–    Pass drug screening
–    Valid New Mexico Driver License, proof of insurance and New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Motor Vehicle Report

–    Master’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related field –    Proficiency in American Sign Language
–    Additional years of directly related experience
–    2 or more  years of supervisory experience
–    1 year of experience working in Rehabilitation
–    1 year of experience working in Vocational Education
–    First Aid and CPR certification

SALARY        $17.35 – $21.69 depending on experience and educational background

SELECTION    Applicants will be rated and evaluated based upon of their qualifications, training and related job experience

HOW TO APPLY    Complete application at:

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
3908 Carlisle NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87107


Fax resume and cover letter – 505-255-8029

Email resume and cover letter –

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Any individual seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Human Resources at 520-623-0344 ex 1068

OPEN        March 14, 2013

CLOSING DATE        Open Until Filled



position opening
Choices for Children Early Intervention Teacher of the Deaf
The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Scranton, PA

REPORTS TO:        Program Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is an exempt, full-time, 12-month position.  The Early Intervention Teacher is responsible to provide hearing services to infants, toddlers, and their families in their home or day care setting. Maintains collaborative relationship with Service Coordinators and IFSP team members from other disciplines.  Evaluates students using both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced assessments.  Provides in-service workshops to county and provider agencies.  Supports the Mentor Program by utilizing deaf mentors as role models during visits to home and day care centers.  Maintains current data files for children for whom services are provided then submits the data to program coordinator weekly.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, deaf education, and one year of full-time or full-time equivalent experience working directly with preschool children with deafness and their families.  Certification in Deaf Education preferred.

Sign language skills of applicants will be rated using the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI); “Intermediate” level skills are preferred at hire.  The minimum level accepted at hire is “Survival Plus”.

PA Act 34 Criminal Background, Child Abuse, and FBI clearances required.

SALARY:    Dependent on education and experience, with full benefits including membership in the State’s teacher retirement system, medical, dental, vision, and life  insurance.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:        Until Filled



Send letter of application and resume to:

Helen K. Shirey
Director of Human Resources
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15218

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children does not discriminate in its programs of education, employment, and all other activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, religion, disability, or gender preference.


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

more information at:


career opportunities
PAHrtners Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults.
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field
of human services we have a career building position waiting for
you!  E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals
who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:


This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops
and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  Duties:  Develop,
coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness
maintenance and psycho-educational workshops. Qualifications:  BA in
psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2
years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental
retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced
fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to
work in a team environment.

– CASE MANAGERS:  (Full time position)

This position provides resources and support to clients both adults &
children along with their families who reside in the community and in
our residential programs.  Duties: assess service needs of consumers
to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent
living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private
services and programs such as medical, vocational and other
services.  Qualifications:  BA/BS degree in a Human Services field
preferred; or High School diploma& 12 college credit hours in social
science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience.
Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity
with other visual communication modes and language levels.  Must be
willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel
various areas in the community.  Knowledge of laws governing the
rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA
a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.

– RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time position) The qualified
candidate shall possess: HS diploma with strong managerial background
along with direct care experience in the field of human services.
Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required. Must have a
valid drivers’ license and have demonstrated an ability to supervise,
teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf individuals;
must possess strong interpersonal and writing skills.   Duties: day
to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf
adults with mental illness, behavioral health concerns and
intellectual disabilities.  Supervision of direct care staff,
development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning
and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty
cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with
internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and
staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff
evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical
concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

qualified candidate shall possess: HS diploma with some managerial
experience along with direct care experience in the field of human
services. Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required
and must have a valid drivers’ license; must possess strong
interpersonal and writing skills.  Duties: Provide guidance and
training to residential staff, support Deaf individuals with mental
illness, behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities;
promote independent living skills, provide support to the Residential
Program Director. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (full-time, part-time and on-call positions
available) The qualified candidate shall possess:  HS diploma, some
direct care experience in the field of human services preferred,
valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf
Culture; demonstrate competency in independent living skills; ability
to teach, advise and motivate Deaf individuals.  Duties: provide
direct client services to Deaf individuals with mental illness,
behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities; encourage
independence in areas such as skills in daily living, community
integration and social relationships.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038

Email:  Fax: 215-884-6301


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

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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.


WANTED: Hard of Hearing Assistant for the following areas:

Tremonton/Brigham City
Park City/Morgan/Kamas
Milford/Beaver/Cedar City
Green River/Moab/LaSal

The Utah State Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) is seeking individuals with hearing loss to teach community education classes to people who are hard of hearing and their partners. Comprehensive training and materials will be provided.  This is a part-time position (15-20 hours a month), $16.00 per hour with flexible hours*.  Mileage to other cities will be reimbursed at the state rate.

The person hired for this position will be trained to:

* teach Coping Skills, Lipreading, basic sign language (CASE), and Living with Hearing Loss adult education classes

* identify and assist senior citizens and others with hearing loss

* attend health senior fairs to provide information to people with hearing loss

* educate others about assistive technology and resources

* be a peer mentor to others with hearing loss

* help individuals with employment issues related to hearing loss

Hands-on training for working one-on-one with people will also be provided.  DSDHH.s goal is to have a network of trained individuals throughout the state to identify and educate hard of hearing individuals about services, coping strategies, technology, resources, and support groups to help them maintain independence and decrease isolation.

Applications are available from Laurie Bishop, or call 801-657-5209.  The deadline to apply for this position is April 30, 2013.

*This is a part-time, temporary position, without benefits, without merit status as a state employee or guaranteed hours.  Applicants are required to pass a criminal background investigation before hire.

Announcement of
Anticipated Part-Time Faculty Openings

Department:     Deaf Studies                         Effective Date of Appointment:      August 2013 All part-time faculty appointments are temporary and do not confer academic rank.
Anticipated Needs: Current
Courses or Specialization                   Qualifications Salary Range

(For all courses listed)

American Sign Language With a Bachelor.s Degree:
DEAF 160 . American Sign Language I (4 units)            M.A. preferred                $1,168 – $1,272 per semester
DEAF 161 . American Sign Language II     (4 units) B.A. accepted                unit of instruction to be paid in
DEAF 280 . American Sign Language III (4 units) AND                six (6) monthly installments DEAF 281 . American Sign Language IV (4 units)            Evidence of the following: -Proficiency in ASL -Knowledge of Deaf Culture and/or
other relevant areas    With a Master.s Degree:
-Knowledge of structure of ASL        $1,383 – $1,657 per semester

unit of instruction to be paid in
Teaching experience and demonstrated        six (6) monthly installments
excellence in teaching pedagogy strongly preferred

Advanced ASL Development With a Doctorate:
DEAF 300 . Advanced ASL Conversation (3 units)    M.A. preferred    $1,657 – $2,089 per semester
DEAF 370 . ASL/English Translation (3 units)    B.A. accepted    unit of instruction to be paid in
DEAF 430 . ASL:  Individual Skills Development (3 units) AND    six (6) monthly installments
Evidence of the following:
-Proficiency in ASL
-Knowledge of Deaf Culture and/or
other relevant areas
-Knowledge of structure of ASL

Teaching experience and demonstrated
excellence in teaching pedagogy
strongly preferred

Specialized Areas of ASL/Signed Languages DEAF 434A . Fingerspelling I (1 unit)                M.A. preferred DEAF 434B . Fingerspelling II (1 unit)                B.A. accepted DEAF 490A . Classifiers (1 unit) AND DEAF 490C . Foreign Signs (1 unit)                Evidence of the following: DEAF 490D . Sentence Types (1 unit) -Proficiency in ASL DEAF 490E . Number Systems (1 unit)                -Knowledge of Deaf Culture and/or DEAF 490F . Visual-Gestural Communication (1 unit)         other relevant areas
DEAF 490G . Public Signing (1 unit)                -Knowledge of structure of ASL

Teaching experience and demonstrated
excellence in teaching pedagogy
strongly preferred

ASL/English Interpreting DEAF 380/383 . Sign Language Interpreting I/Lab (3/1 units) M.A. preferred
DEAF 381/383 . Sign Language Interpreting II/Lab (3/1 units)    B.A. accepted
DEAF 420 . Sign Language Interpreting III (4 units) AND DEAF 482 . Practicum in Sign Language Interpreting (3 units)    Evidence of the following: DEAF 491D . Ethics and Professional Standards (1 unit) -Proficiency in ASL interpreting DEAF 491E . Educational Interpreting (1 unit)            -Knowledge of Deaf Culture and/or
DEAF 491F . Professional Settings (1 unit)             other relevant areas
-Knowledge of structure of ASL
-RID certification (CI, CI and CT, or NIC preferred)

Teaching experience and demonstrated
excellence in teaching pedagogy
strongly preferred

Deaf Studies Content Courses DEAF 200 . Introduction to Deaf Studies (3 units) M.A. preferred
DEAF 350 . Principles of Sign Language Interpretation (3 units)    B.A. accepted
DEAF 360 . American Deaf Culture (3 units) AND
DEAF 400 . Deaf and Hearing People (3 units)            Evidence of the following: DEAF 401 . Deaf History (3 units) -Proficiency in ASL DEAF 402 . Deaf Literature (3 units)                -Knowledge of Deaf Culture, structure of ASL, and/or
DEAF 404 . Issues and Trends in the Deaf Community (3 units)     the content area as appropriate for the class(es) you
DEAF 405 . ASL/Deaf Theatre (3 units)                 are applying to teach
DEAF 406 . The Deaf Learner (3 units) DEAF 407 . Law and the Deaf (3 units)                 Teaching experience and demonstrated
DEAF 410 . Deaf Women in Today.s American Society (3 units) excellence in teaching pedagogy
DEAF 415 . Deaf Studies Community Services             strongly preferred
DEAF 435 . Total Communication . Manual Component (3 units)
DEAF 436 . Sign Language Teaching (3 units)
DEAF 484 . Structure of American Sign Language (3 units)
DEAF 485 . Issues in American Sign Language (3 units)
DEAF 489/L . Creative Uses of American Sign Language (3 units)
DEAF 497 . Deaf Studies Capstone (3 units)

Additional Qualifications and Requirements:  All applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a multi-cultural student population.  Final determination of candidate qualifications may require an interview with a member(s) of the Deaf Studies Department Personnel Committee.  Final determination of all part-time teaching assignments is contingent upon class availability, student enrollment figures, and funding.

Application Process: New Applicants.  If you have never been hired for a teaching position at CSUN in the past, please submit all of the following (no exceptions). Incomplete applications will not be considered!

1)     A cover letter that includes the following:
.    The specific course(s) or area(s) of study that you are qualified to teach (refer to the class listings on the previous page for specific course numbers and titles)
.    The days and times when you are available for teaching assignments (i.e., Mondays after 4:00pm) 2)     A Qualification Statement that details the following:
.    Your qualifications to teach the courses listed in your cover letter
.    Your knowledge of Deaf Culture, Structure of ASL, and/or other relevant areas
3)    A current resume that includes the following: .    Educational background
.    Prior teaching experience (if any)
.    Complete listing of courses taught (if any, include course names, course descriptions, where taught, and dates)
.    Evidence of scholarship, current projects in development, and/or related professional experience that demonstrates scholarly potential (if any)
4)     Evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available (i.e., computerized student evaluations) 5)    A sample course syllabus from a course or area of study you are qualified to teach
6)     Two current letters of recommendation from individuals in the ASL/Deaf Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, or Interpreting fields
7)    Evidence of ASL proficiency.  Provide ONE of the following:
1.  Verification of ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) rating of 4 or better, OR
2.  DVD recording of your demonstrated ASL proficiency (up to 5-minutes in length).  Provide a thorough response to the following question:  What contributions do you feel you can make to CSUN.s Deaf Studies Department, our students, and the field of Deaf Studies?

Returning Applicants.  If you have been hired for a teaching position at CSUN in the past, please submit all of the following (no exceptions). Incomplete applications will not be considered!

1)     A cover letter that includes the following:
.    The specific course(s) or area(s) of study that you are qualified to teach (refer to the class listings on the previous page for specific course numbers and titles)
.    The days and times when you are available for teaching assignments (i.e., Mondays after 4:00pm) 2)     A current resume that includes the following: .    Educational background
.    Prior teaching experience
.    Complete listing of courses taught (include course names, course descriptions, where taught, and dates)
.    Evidence of scholarship, current projects in development, and/or related professional experience that demonstrates scholarly potential

3)     Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college/university level (i.e., computerized student evaluations)
4)    A sample course syllabus from a course or area of study you are qualified to teach

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:        Flavia Fleischer
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA  91330-8265

Application Deadline:     For the 2013-2014 Academic Year: April 19, 2013

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, one of the largest of the 23 campuses of The California State University system, is located twenty-five miles northwest of central Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb with a multi-cultural population of over one million people.  The University enrolls approximately 36,911 students (29,670 FTEs) from diverse backgrounds, served by 4,000 faculty.  Nine Colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in 69 degree programs, master.s degrees in 58 graduate degree programs, 2 doctorate graduate programs and 55 teaching credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs.  For more information about the University, check our website:

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Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


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