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DeafDigest – 18 May 2009

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The clock alerts/awakens you with a low and multiple-frequency
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News of the Week:
   Whats' the update on the Gallaudet presidential
   No update, really - just that PSAC said:

The PSAC is satisfied with the pool of candidates and is
comfortable announcing an application deadline of
June 1, 2009

   As usual, stay tuned!


   Street performers such as dancers, musicians, poem recitals,
artists - are a strong part of the city culture, be it in
New York, San Francisco, Paris, Rome .....and Austin, Texas!
   These street performers are hearing. But it is in Austin
where we have a deaf street performer.
   The deaf person is Cruz Lane, who gives street dances,
mixing ASL with music.
   A story on him was written up in a newspaper article.


   At the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
(SWCID), students take vocational classes for careers in
automotive maintenance, construction, dental labs,
computers, etc. For the first time, these vocational
students are able to take classes on the SWCID campus
instead of having to travel to the main campus at
Howard College.
   Other students are also able to earn academic credits
for transfers to 4-year colleges.
   To get an idea of what SWCID is all about, do click
on deaf provost Mark Myers' vlog at:

   What about sports? Mark, who was a bruising enforcer
underneath the basket, as the center on the Gallaudet
basketball teams of the seventies,  said:

I am now working on attempting to hire a high qualified PE
instructor/coach in order to establish a new athletic
program under SWCID next year.


National Deaf Academy and Gallaudet Southeast Regional
Center present a conference on deafness and mental health:


Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

June 11-12 --- International Plaza Resort and Spa
--- Orlando, FL

Keynote Presenters:
*         Liz Hill, National Association of the Deaf
-          Chair of the Committee on Mental Health

*         Neil Glickman, Ph.D., Westborough State Hospital
*         Robert Pollard, Ph.D.,  University of Rochester

Continuing Education Units will be requested from:
*         American Psychological Association
*         National Association of Social Workers
*         National Board of Certified Counselors
*         Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

For registration and additional information visit:

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   Many years ago in Mexico, Carlos Merida, himself
deaf, was a famous artist.
   He went to an art show at a gallery. A few of his
drawings were shown at the event.
   He was alone, by himself, without an interpreter.
Two women did not like one of his drawings and
told him that his drawing was bad.
   Carlos, without an interpreter and not able to
read lips, thought these women were praising his
work. He then kissed the hands of both women.
Everyone that watched it were very shocked!

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

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   Frank Hochman is a deaf physician with his own
practice in Fremont, California.
   He recalls an incident many years ago at a clinic
where he was serving his residency.
   A nurse came up to him, telling him that his
"death" patient is ready. Only the nurse would not
stop calling the deaf patient as death.
   Tired of it all, Frank told the nurse that if
the patient is in death, it is too late for him to
help that patient!


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   Years ago Marlee Matlin, in a speech at an event
that was honoring her, said that Hollywood actors are
capable of playing any role.
   This is the reason why we see some scenes where
actors sign out ASL as part of a short dialogue.
   Does it matter to these producers that the
actors' ASL signing is pretty much bad.
   No, it does not matter to them. Said a
Hollywood spokesperson:

Learning skills for a role is hardly rare in Hollywood

   Why not just hire a deaf actor for a scene that requires
some ASL signing?

   A deaf person, living in London, witnessed an accident.
And while he had his text pager with him, he avoided making
a 999 emergency call (same as 911 in USA). Instead he had
to run and look for a hearing person and requested that
an emergency call be placed.
   Why did he refuse? He said:

I was too much of a hassle to explain to the 999 operator
that an accident took place

   The British authorities are trying to find a way
to allow the deaf to dial 999 without facing hassles.

   Some time ago there was a newspaper story that
said a deaf man, in West Virginia, was unable to go
to college because of his deafness.
   This is puzzling. Gallaudet and RIT have been
in existence for years.
   And as for hearing colleges, which may or may
not have support services, determined deaf individuals
have made do on their own.
   So, for a newspaper story to say deafness prevented
a person from attending college, is, indeed, puzzling!
   Possibly, there is more to the story than what was
being written.


- Darth Vader, famous fictional character in Star Wars
(continued from last week)

it was learned that the Darth Vader character, played by David
Prowse, is a citizen of Great Britain and is known for defending
the rights of the deaf. He was in Omaha, Nebraska on a trip
and visited Nebraska School for the Deaf. Because he was
big and tall and strong, he gave a powerlifting demonstration
which excited the kids at the school. The newspapers gave
the school a lot of ink as a result of the visit. (this
school has since then closed its doors)

David Prose does not know sign language but loved the
deaf just the same.


complained an interpreter:

my team interpreter is absent with no advance notice, leaving
me to interpret the entire proceedings all by myself

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


In order to become advocates for quality captioning, we must
understand the differences between good and bad captioning.  

Some people may think that some captioners are very bad
spellers.  However, occasionally the problem is the result
of a technical glitch rather than the captioner inputting
the wrong words.  

If the captions have many missing or wrong letters or have
many nonsense symbols, it could be a poor video signal or
some sort of transmission or reception problem that is
causing the problem with the captions.

If you have a problem with garbled captions on a particular
show, try viewing the captions on a different television in
your home.  You could ask a neighbor to check the captions
in their home.  If the neighbor is having the same problem,
you should notify the station and your cable or satellite


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a pathologist

(in many school districts we would expect a principal,
or a director or a coordinator or a supervisor or someone
with an appropriate title would direct their mainstreaming
programs; some districts are different and this reflects in
a startling title above. Be surprised or shocked every week
until series run out)


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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:

I just bought a new digital TV and I love it. Is there any use for
my old analog TV? It's not that old at it works good. It has a
lot of life left in it.


Answer: Although TV stations are switching to digital, there are
still many uses for your analog TV that are not related to
broadcasting. Some ideas are to use your VCR or DVD player
on it in rooms where you don't normally watch over-the-air
broadcast television. You can also use it for videogames or even
your videophone for VRS or VP calls. Don't throw it away. There's
plenty of use left in it.

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To the faithful Deaf Grapevine Subscribers:

As DSA 2009 in Las Vegas draws near, we would like to offer you
convention attendees this pre-sale ticket to a wine tasting to take
place after the workshops on Tuesday.  Check the attached flyer
(in ppt format as well as Word format) for more information.

Many Deaf wine enthusiasts have come to me with an interest to buy my
wine; however the supply has never been enough to meet the demand.  I
resolved this dilemmas by making an extra case (12 bottles) of New
Zealand Merlot (rare), expressively for the convention-goers.  You
will be the first to check out the sample of this Merlot as well as a
few other types of the Deaf winemakers' variety.

I have been asked (with a little arm twisting) to give a
wine-experience workshop during the convention and I have agreed to
do so.  However, it is not possible to offer wine tasting during the
actual workshop.  What is possible will be a  small wine tasting
party in a private suite room on Tuesday June 23 after day
workshops.  Unfortunately, the number of people is limited to 24 due
to the size of the suite. This is your chance to buy a pre-sale
ticket for this wine tasting party with light refreshments.  Do not
delay lest tickets may be sold out.

If interested, please reply on or before May 26 with a cashier check
or money order, payable to my name (Rusty Wales), in mail at this address:
4548 NW Rae CT
Camas, WA 98607

Tickets are limited to yourself and your spouse or significant other
in this ticket order.  Please include your name, return address and
your email address in your ticket order in mail, not email.  You will
be notified about whether your ticket has been purchased or not.  And
if your order has been successfully processed, you can pick up the
tickets immediately following Rusty's first workshop on Tuesday.  (If
a personal check is used, it will be considered last in the waiting
order, just in case it does not clear the bank.)

Please do not forward this email to any other non-subscribers.  I
have many interested people already but they have to wait for you
very special people to have this first opportunity.  This is my way
to thank you for your dedication in subscribing to Deaf Grapevine.

Thank you again...merci!  Drink wine to your health!

Rusty Wales


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   As far as the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is
concerned, maintaining electronic medical records is
an issue when dealing with primary care doctors!
   It was learned that in a sampling of 100 patients
that came to the clinic to seek hearing tests, most
of their hearing losses were ignored by their
primary care doctors.
   Why? Old methods in clash with new methods.   


The Deaf and the Law


deaf umpire was not allowed to work youth league
games because of his deafness

case pending

why is it that long time deaf baseball umpire
Maurice Potter never faced discrimination while
umpiring high level baseball games in Minnesota
for nearly 50 years? And discrimination surfaces
in low level baseball games in a different

Different state, different attitudes!


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   To get ADA written up into a law, 300 different cases
of discrimination had to be profiled as examples


Shirley Glassman's Captioning Blooper of the Week:

the music teacher inspires a teen stunt (student)


What became of?

City of Houston (Texas)

- past
started a recruiting drive in 1998 to hire deaf and hard of hearing
individuals for its police force

- present

still no deaf and hard of hearing police officers
in Houston (11 years later) with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Ronald E. Sutcliffe, Chairperson, Gallaudet
School of Management, is walking on Cloud 9.
The Association of Collegiate Business Schools
and Programs gave Sutcliffe's department the
accreditation he was waiting for.

(editor's note: Sutcliffe has since then retired)


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Engineers are not addressing the needs of the deaf in
elevators during high-rise emergencies.
   The American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted a
3-day workshop recently in Atlanta to discuss ways
elevators could be used by emergency personnel and building
occupants in case of disasters.
   Not a single mention of deaf occupants was addressed at
the workshop.
   Elevators, you know, are just like cars. They break down
and what if deaf occupants are stranded?


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

In Texas, deaf people struggle, trying to reach 211 line which is used
to request general assistance (food, shelter, rent payments,
utility payments, etc).

The state Department of Public Safety has a web site that gives advice
and tips for the deaf that need assistance. 

This web site is doing exactly what 211 is supposed to do.

Yet, not too many deaf people know about this valuable resource!



A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's pet peeve:

You are invited to a case conference at a school.   Unfortunately
its about a seventh  grade student, its becoming obvious he will
not be eligible til his junior year and you had to wait two hours
to expose that fact.



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Iowa Vacancy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Decorah Community Schools
Decorah, Iowa (Northeast Iowa)

The Decorah Community Schools, a very high-achieving public school
district located in scenic Northeast Iowa and home of Luther
College, seeks:

Position:           Classroom Teacher
Subject Area:       Special Education
Certificate:        Spec Ed- Deaf/Hard of Hearing (K-12)
Deadline:           May 26, 2009

Job Description:
We are seeking a Teacher for the Resource Program in an Elementary
School.  Must have or be eligible for Iowa teaching certification
in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.   Prefer dual licensure that includes
elementary K-6.  Proficient in American Sign Language.

Send Letter of Application, Resume, and Copy of license to:

Decorah Community Schools
Rick C. Varney, Elementary Principal
510 Winnebago
Decorah, Iowa 52101

563-382-3125 or 382-4451


seeking applicants
Assistant Network Administrator
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking

Associates degree or equivalent, previous networking experience
and fluency in American Sign Language required. 

Thorough understanding of LAN/WAN theory and implementations;
working knowledge of Netware 6.5, GroupWise 7 and Windows
2003/2007; working knowledge of IBM compatible and Macintosh
computers and repair and maintenance in a networked
environment; understanding of network electronics (hubs, switches,
routers) and topologies; understanding of voice, video,
teleconferencing equipment and data in a LAN/WAN environment;
experience in the operation and maintenance of TV production and
sound equipment; planning and decision making skills; ability to
produce instructional and promotional videotapes.  

Must complete and pass pre-employment physical test and criminal
background check.

Responsible for the day to day performance of the SWCID Information
Network.  Responsible for building servers and installing network
operating systems and network resident applications in a mixed
Novell, Windows, and Macintosh environment and providing technical
support and services to SWCID as needed. 

Areas of support include: PC and MAC support, Network Support,
training, media, and distance learning support. 

Excellent benefits.  

Please visit our website at:
for application and complete position notice.


seeking applicants
PE Faculty & Coach
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking
applicants for PE FACULTY and COACH. 

9 month position beginning August 1, 2009.  

Bachelor degree in Physical Education or in related field and
college/university teaching experience required. 

Master degree preferred.  

Candidates who can also teach courses in physical fitness & sport,
drug abuse prevention, first aid, recreation, personal and community
health will be given preference.   

Must demonstrate sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students, including those with physical and/or
learning disabilities; expertise in at least one of the following
physical education areas: (1) circuit training/fitness assessments,
(2) team or individual sports, or (3) aquatics or aerobics/dance;
proficiency in all phases of coaching both women's and men's sport
programs; ability to utilize effective American Sign Language
communication skills. 

Primary responsibility will be to teach community college courses in
physical education activities and to coach extramural sports. 

Courses in Psychology of Sport, Motor Learning & Control, and
Biomechanics, etc. may be assigned based on qualifications of

Must serve as an academic advisor of majors and participate in
curriculum development and assessment.  Responsible for recruiting
area athletes; department budget; conducting physical fitness
assessments; campus committee participation; and coaching.

Excellent benefits.  

Please visit our website at
for application and complete position notice.


position opening
American Sign Language (ASL) Specialist
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Springs, CO

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 ASL
Specialist may be found in its entirety, including major
duties/responsibilities, under non-classified employment.  

Position is open until filled.  Excellent benefits.  Salary based
on appropriate education and experience.

This position reports to the Director of Special Education and is
responsible for providing support to students who are Deaf /
hard-of-hearing, teaching staff, support staff, and parents in areas
related to classroom instruction, program development, staff
development, parent education, etc., in an effort to improve students'
linguistic ability.  

Please send a letter of interest, current resume, completed Employment
Application (including salary history and references), recent letters
of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and a copy of current special
services certification to:

ATTN:  Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO  80903

(719) 578-2114 (phone);  (719) 578-2239 (fax)


position opening
Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Snowmass, Colorado

for job description  & application procedures, please click at:


position opening
Customer Care Manager
Purple Communications
Rocklin, CA

for job description  & application procedures, please click at:


(updated 5/17/09)

list of employment openings
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

- Job Developer & Interpreter for EDD
San Francisco

- Client Support Specialist (full time)

E-Mail All Applications to


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