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DeafDigest – 01 November 2009

DeafDigest Blue - November 1, 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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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.

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Very Hot News

Gallaudet defeats Anna Maria College 56-7 today in a
football game and is now 5-4 for the season; Gallaudet
was 2-8 last season and so, this season is a huge
improvement. One game is remaining and it is with
SUNY-Maritime next week.

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Jacqui Smith, not deaf, is the Member of Parliament in
Great Britain. She invited a group of deaf constituents
to a tour of the Parliament, and was told no interpreters
were available nor were loops fully installed throughout
the touring area. She made a considerable stink about
it, which hit the newspapers.

- Sunday October 25th 

A new hotel in Faribault, Minnesota is GrandStay Residential
Suites. Faribault is where Minnesota State Academy for the
Deaf is located. And this hotel, part of the GrandStay Hospitality
chain, has installed flashing strobe lights in all of its
rooms, claiming to be the first one in the nation to have
this feature. While DeafDigest is not sure of this claim,
it is an important feature because big events at the school
attracts overnight visitors.

- Monday October 26th

Microsoft, so concerned about the content of the upcoming
variety show by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane,
backed out of its promise to be the program sponsor.
One of the reasons for the pull out was jokes, in poor
taste, that mocked the deaf and of deafness.

- Tuesday October 27th

Cambodia, after years of neglecting the educational
needs of the deaf, is playing catch up with
establishment of classes for deaf children. It
was written up in a newspaper story

- Wednesday October 28th

What are the needs of the deaf residents of North
Dakota? This is what a special team of parents,
legislators, community leaders and deaf school
alumni is trying to find out. A series of meetings
will take place across the state. A newspaper story
made an announcement about these plans.

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

There is a Bay Bridge crisis in the San Francisco Bay
area. A deaf person watching a program on Channel
5 would know about that emergency immediately after
the bridge was closed. Those watching other TV programs
may not have known about it immediately. 

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The-First-Of-Its-Kind-Camp

The camp is designed for only forty-eight high school aged deaf
and hard of hearing youths of all ethnic/racial backgrounds

African-American, Latino, Asian, and (Native) American Indian,
bi-racial, multi-racial

Sponsored by National Deaf People of Color Council

June 13-27, 2010
Camp Taloali, in Stayton, Oregon

to see the flyer, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/uploads/dyccflyer.pdf

for more information and camper application form, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/uploads/dyccinformation1.pdf

to apply as a staff member:
http://deafdigest.com/uploads/dyccstaffapplication1.pdf
http://deafdigest.com/uploads/dyccstaffapplication2.pdf

to apply as a camp worker:
http://deafdigest.com/uploads/dyccworkopportunities.pdf

For more information, contact: mailto:dycc2010@gmail.com
or http://www.deafpeopleofcolor.org and http://www.dycc.org

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Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM
Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM

for Deaf Youth

- education support services
- clinical services
- job skills training
- employment support
- life skills training
- school to work transition planning
- community involvement
- recreational outings & entertainment

for more information, email mailto:asl@nm.net

or click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/lafamilia.doc

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A WARNING FOR DEAF TOURISTS
   Many deaf people love to travel anywhere in
the world.
   And there is a warning. Some restaurants do not
have a menu. DeafDigest editor went to some
restaurants in Rome, Italy that did not have a menu.
   Without a menu, communications could be difficult
between the hearing waiter and the deaf tourist.
   Just to be play it safe, make sure the restaurant
has a menu before you go inside and sit down.

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-travelmenu/

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

ASL-SIGNING
   If a deaf person signs very fast, is it ASL-
signing?  Yes, it is.
   But if a deaf person signs so slow; so slow that
it is easy to put you to sleep, is it ASL?
   Good question?

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-aslsigning/

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

DEAF CULTURE CLASS AT MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
   Marymount University is a fast growing university in
Northern Virginia. For the first time, ASL 101 class
was offered on the campus and 22 students signed up for it.
   A group of deaf individuals, DeafDigest editor, included,
was invited to give a talk on Deaf Culture this week.
   Because Marymount belongs to the same athletic conference
with Gallaudet, DeafDigest editor was curious.
   He asked the class how many of them participate in
sports? Approximately six students raised their hands.
   DeafDigest editor then asked how do they feel playing
against Gallaudet, which consists of deaf students.
   They said it was no big deal - they just want to
win, no matter if the opponents were hearing or deaf.

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS FROM MARYMOUNT STUDENTS
   During the class (above) some students volunteered with
their comments and questions:

- I am a waitress and I've served on deaf patrons; they
always point to the food on the menu

- this class is a refresher of the ASL class I took in
high school that I've forgotten a bit on signs

- how do the deaf people wake up in the morning?

- I have a family member that is deaf, but I never really
got to know that person

- what is the difference between ASL and SEE?

   It was a fun experience for everyone in the
classroom.

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DEAF PERFORMERS IN SOAP OPERAS
   Last week's DeafDigest mentioned deaf performers in past
Soap Opera episodes.
   Here's some more:

- a deaf child in "All My Children" with much arguing over
to have a CI or not to have a CI

- a young deaf boy in "Days of Our Lives" way back in the 1980's

-  a deaf boy in "One Day to Live" and parents learned signs
to communicate with him

A VIDEO GAME WITH AUDIO
   There is a video game called "Cover Orange."
During the game, the orange greets the hearing
person with "hi" and if the orange falls off
the map, it says "bye".
   A deaf person playing the game would not know
these two words.
   Is it important? A hearing gamer said no!
Still, is there a continuing reason why the
games are not captioned?

DEAF ISSUES

(short series; based on comments by educators
and deaf service professionals)

the numbers of deaf children with classroom issues
are much higher than their hearing counterparts.
And since many families do not know sign language,
these deaf children keep their troubles bottled
up inside them!

(series to continue until it runs out)

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being challenged by the coordinator of the event,
which booked the services of the interpreter:

who are you?

if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

Another question that people often ask me when they see me
with the steno machine is how fast someone can write
with "one of those machines." 

Most captioners and CART providers start off as court
reporters, and so they have passed the same tests that
court reporters take in court reporting school. 

In many states, court reporters must pass a test at 225
words per minute in order to be certified.  In order to
achieve the Registered Professional Reporter certification
offered by the National Court Reporters Association
(NCRA), a court reporter or captioner must pass tests at
speeds up to 225 words per minute.  

To obtain the Registered Merit Reporter certification,
one must pass tests at speeds up to 260 words per minute.

At the NCRA annual convention, there is a speed contest
where contestants compete at speeds up to 280 words per
minute.

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A DEAF SCIENTIST FUNCTIONING IN ALL-HEARING ENVIRONMENT

the job that I do pays very well, but there is a downside -
that layoffs are quick when economy is bad. This is why
I'm always relocating to wherever the job is.

(series to continue for a number of weeks)

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

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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION
FOR PERSON WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING:

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the
behavioral health care system.  In many  cases, the patient
as well as the health care provider who may provide service
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accommodations in the health care setting so that all
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A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info
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Each month the topics discussed will change.

Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

A survey was taken of deaf patients in Great Britain,
and the findings were that:

- appointments were missed when deaf patients could not
catch their names being called out in the waiting rooms

- lack of interpreters have resulted in continuing
illnesses, confusion over medications or full information
being withheld from the doctors

- doctors, nurses and medical technicians do not face
the deaf patients when dealing with them

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The Deaf and the Law

If you are deaf and work for the federal government,
and you are asked to travel, as part of your
job, are you entitled to interpreters, assistive
devices, etc?

Yes. The government calls it:

Federal travel of an employee with special needs

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Q. If a deaf person, not affiliated with a company or an agency,
attends a workshop, is he entitled to an interpreter?

A. Hard to say; very complicated issue, according to an attorney
that specializes in disability-related needs

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

ESPN fired Steve flfrs (Phillips) last night

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What became of?

Ron Symansky

- past
quiet but very hard working offensive tackle with the
Gallaudet football team, early eighties

- present
associate professor, Johnson County Community College
in Kansas, interpretive training program & also
teaches ASL classes

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with "past" and
"present" details

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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Number of Deaf DNAs? The October 1999 issue of the
National Geographic magazine has come up with 15 deaf
genes as the latest count. Still researching are 85
more suspected deaf genes.

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News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   What is the cost of placing a quarter page ad in the
Washington Post? Do not know the exact costs but it is
not cheap.
   DHHIG, NAD, American Association of People with
Disabilities and the SHHH jointly placed an ad
in the October 29th edition of the Post. They call it
a collaborated ad.
   The ad was not about the Presidential Election
candidates but about hiring more deaf and hard of
hearing in the federal government.
   Timing is interesting because DeafDigest mentioned
in a recent edition that hiring of the disabled,
and the deaf, in federal government has declined for
the past decade.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Is age helping Evelyn Glennie, the world's best
percussionist, change her attitude?

In the past she would not learn sign language.
Also, in the past, she did not want to be identified
as the Deaf Percussionist, but as the Percussionist.

Nowadays, at the ripe old age of 40 something, she is
learning signs for the the first time in her life!

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

Two of your customers are siblings and have the same initials.
You send paperwork for one of them to sign for an alarm clock
before you pay...you send it to the wrong sibling who, by the
way, delivers the form to the correct sibling so that the
clock seller can be paid.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

   A deaf employee in a dairy plant that milks cows,
misunderstood the foreman.
   He thought the foreman said hand; he actually said
pan.
   As a result, the deaf employee pulled the wrong
switch, thus contaminating the milk!

very scary; the deaf employee would have been fired,
but the foreman realized the error of lipreading ways
and kept him on the payroll.

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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(11/1/09 updated posting)

Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings
for the following positions:

Job                        Posting #        Closing Date
Spoken English Specialist  565495       11/04/2009
Residential Advisor           565718       11/03/2009
Sub Teacher (4)            565754       11/12/2009            

(#) = number of job available for that position.

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at http://www.in.gov/jobs  

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:
mailto:cmorgan@isd.k12.in.us   Website:  http://www.deafhoosiers.com/

Mission Statement-The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes
academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment. 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Regional Specialist
Ohlone College
Fremont, CA

Under general supervision of the Director of Gallaudet University
Regional Center, to develop collaborative relationships with
educational programs and professionals in deaf and hard of
hearing related fields throughout the Western state region
(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming),
in keeping with the mission of the Regional Center. 

This position will require extensive travel, night and weekend
work.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Office by 4:00 pm
by Friday, November 6, 2009.  

The College reserves the right to continue or close the recruitment at
any time.  Ohlone Classified Applications may be obtained by visiting
our website at http://www.ohlonejobs.com  

Submit Applications to the Human Resources Office. The Human
Resources Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Please Note:  Applications/resumes, etc. may be FAXED to (510) 659-6025
or emailed to mailto:recruitment@ohlone.edu

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION GUIDELINES:
Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (deaf
education, rehabilitation or related field preferred,) a Master's
degree preferred.

Experience: Two years of work experience in deaf education,
rehabilitation or related field.

For complete details please visit http://www.ohlonejobs.com

EOE

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position opening
Deaf Services Children's Case Manager
Community Counseling Center
Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area)

Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family
services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf
Services Children's Case Management. 

The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their
families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in
the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to
individual client needs, as well as support increased client and
family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services
that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs.  

The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing
coordination of services received from various providers and ensure
effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition,
our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access
to community services. 

The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic
consumer software system. 

With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most
comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a
difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families
each year.  In addition to providing high quality family, individual
and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from
all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.

CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the
National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way
Partner Agency.  The agency is accredited by the National Council on
Accreditation.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work
or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in
either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education,
counseling, rehabilitation, or related field.  

Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.

If interested, please apply by Friday November 13, 2009.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

Kimberly Lefebvre
Employment Specialist
Maine Mental Health Partners
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME  04092

mailto:recruitment@memhp.org

Fax:  207-761-2388

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announcing an opening
Transition Assistant
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Part-Time, 25 hr/wk

SCOPE OF DUTIES:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Student Transition
Services (STS) for the Career Academy and Transition
Services (CATS) Program, this High School position assists in
a variety of duties related to building students' work
experience in order to exit the school system and enter
adult life.         

PRIMARY DUTIES:
(a) Supervises students in the Student Work Group during the school
day and in the Student Employment Program from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm,
Monday through Thursday.

(b) Receives work assignments from STS Coordinator, reviews
assignments, plans work accordingly, organizes, maintains and cares
for tools and supplies needed to carry out the work assignment.
Collaborates with Plant Operations, Custodial and Residential
Life staff.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High School diploma or equivalent certificate.  Preference given
to those with college related course work.  Good judgment,
flexibility and dependability.   Excellent American Sign
Language skills.   Some knowledge of career and vocational
training.

HOW TO APPLY:
Visit our website, http://www.asd-1817.org to download an
application and review the entire job description.   All
resumes and letters of application may be submitted to:   

Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832

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open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, Massachusetts

The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts is
growing and seeking qualified applicants for the following
positions:

- Middle School Supervising Teacher
- Educational Audiologist
- Classroom Aides
- ASL Specialist
- Residential Counselor - Girls Dorm
- Child Care Workers - Walden School
- Wraparound Family Partner - Walden School
- Educational Director - Walden School
- Preschool Special Needs Teacher of the Deaf - Randolph Campus

For more information about these positions and how to apply please go
to our web site at http://www.tlcdeaf.org or send resume, cover letter
and 3 written letters of recommendations/references to:

Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Personnel Office
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

mailto:judi_broderick@tlcdeaf.org

The Learning Center for the Deaf's mission is to ensure that deaf
and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an
educational environment where language and communication are keys
to building competence, character and community.

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position opening
Instructor in Interpreter Preparation - American Sign Language/English
Northwestern CT Community College

Winsted, CT
10 Months, Tenure-Track Position
SEARCH EXTENDED
(IPP01)

Starting Date: August 25, 2010

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal faculty candidate holds a Master's degree in Interpreting
for the Deaf, ASL, or related field. College teaching experience and
NIC/RID certification are preferred. Evidence of understanding
learning styles, curriculum development, overall computer literacy,
and awareness of pedagogical practices and trends that have an impact
on interpreter preparation also are preferred.  A demonstrated
understanding of the mission of the comprehensive community
college and its diverse student population is essential.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated
are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and
experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this
position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the
degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Academic Division Director
responsibilities include: teaching a range of interpreting and
lower level ASL courses, using various delivery systems, from
lecture to hybrid/online; evaluating student learning;
providing academic advising; assessing and revising individual and
program syllabi, materials, and instructional methods periodically;
plus outreach and recruitment for the program.

Other responsibilities include maintaining currency in teaching
techniques, participation in departmental and college-wide
committees, and campus service.

MINIMUM SALARY:
$46,316 approximate annual, plus excellent medical insurance,
retirement and related fringe benefits.

TO APPLY TO NCCC, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
(Only complete application packages will be accepted for
consideration)

- Letter of Intent
- Resume

- Typed Employment Application (available at
http://www.nwcc.commnet.edu/humanresources/fulltime.htm )

- Unofficial Transcripts from each Degree-Granting Institution

- Three letters of recommendation relevant to this particular
position to:

You may email your application package to:
mailto:NW-HumanResources@nwcc.commnet.edu

Or mail to:
Fran Almeida Pistilli
Director of Human Resources
Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East,
Winsted, CT 06098 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Application materials must be RECEIVED on or before November
20, 2009

NCCC is an EEO/AA employer, M/F. Protected group members are
strongly encouraged to apply.

Visit our website at http://www.nwcc.commnet.edu

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open position
Computer Integrated Machining Technology (CIMT)
Instructional/Support Faculty
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology                                                   

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in Technical/Industrial Education or
related field. 

Sign language proficiency.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Secondary or post-secondary teaching; industry experience.

AA/EOE
Review of applications begins: November 13, 2009
This position is subject to available funding
For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                 

https://mycareer.rit.edu                                                            

KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#32632

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

Full/Part Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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