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DeafDigest – 15 November 2009

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


Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Dr. Luther D. Robinson,
M.D. who departed us. While not deaf, he pioneered the concept
of the mental health services for the deaf, and in fact,
administered the program at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Mental
Health Service in Washington, DC. Simply put, he was to
Deaf Mental Health clinicians what Dr William Stokoe was to
Deaf Sign Language linguists!

- Very Hot News

Are our needs of deaf minors being addressed with the
Senate Finance Committee that is overseeing the
Healthy Future Act of 2009 (S 1796)? Yes, according
to AgBell, which monitors every step of the bill as
it weaves through the Congress


- Sunday November 8th 

The High Court of India is considering a change in
its rules to allow the deaf to drive vehicles.

- Monday November 9th

For years ADA and The  U.S. Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission seemed to be of different
wavelengths as far as employment of the
disabled, the deaf included, was concerned.
Possibly not any more because EEOC has published
proposed regulations that relate to the ADA.
Hopefully is this is great news for deaf
job-seekers that have suffered discrimination.

- Tuesday November 10th

One day Gallaudet will be admitting a new student
that attended the Davila Day School in Chula Vista, 
California. Davila as in Robert Davila, the current
Gallaudet president? Yes! The announcement was made

- Wednesday November 11th

A spokesperson with the U.S. Census Bureau's Partnership 
Program is giving a speech at the Sussex County Advisory 
Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical 
Disabilities (Delaware). The speech is supposed to focus
on issues and programs that may affect the lives of the 
aging and adults with physical disabilities populations.
Are we, the deaf, considered among these physically
disabled individuals? DeafDigest does not know.

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


Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Not sure if this is applicable to the deaf because of the
need to hear precise accents, but the findings of the
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistic in the
Netherlands is interesting. They are saying that those
wanting to understand better a language that is not
theirs may need to watch subtitled movies in that
language. Deaf tourists that speak exceptionally
well may struggle with accents that are not theirs.


Special Job announcement:

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Frederick, Maryland


Position: Server/dining room assistant/dining room 

Seeking for an individual with strong working ethics and love 
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attention to details.  Must be assertive with troublesome 

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* Beverage and soup service areas are kept clean and stocked.

* Assist with kitchen/service duties only if needed

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* Assist with retail sales and customer relations as needed

Start in January 2010, trainings and workshops will be provided 
upon hiring.

$ 4.00 per hour plus tips

E-mail to request for the application form.

Shannon Cooley, owner



The camp is designed for only forty-eight high school aged deaf
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   A young deaf man was from a wealthy family. The
family owned a chain of electronic goods stores
(like Best Buy).
   The deaf man wanted to be involved in the
business but the father refused. The father felt
his  son cannot get involved because of his
deafness. Instead two other sons took over the business.
   As a compromise, the deaf man got a monthly income
for life from a special investment fund. The deaf man 
did not like it because he wanted to work at the
family business but he had no choice.
   His revenge? The company went bankrupt and went
out of business. This deaf man is still collecting
monthly income from the special investment fund!

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   There are some interpreters that are scared to
do legal interpreting - in the court room, or in the
attorney's office or in the police station.
   Reasons are that"

- a deaf person may not understand legal words

- the interpreter may not know how to interpret legal words

- if an interpreter makes an error that is overlooked, the 
deaf person may suffer

   This is why there are workshops on legal interpreting.

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of each DeafDigest edition)

   The late Gil Eastman, for many years, taught drama
at Gallaudet University and tutored a number of students
that went on to outstanding careers in the world of
   He said:

It is interesting to see that deaf people can function in 
the hearing world very well while hearing people cannot
function well in a deaf world

   Very true.

   Over the years we have joked among ourselves that it is
expensive to be deaf. But there is a twist.
   Deafness in one individual cost $324,069.13. How?
Well, Carolyn Hunt became deaf, requiring a CI. Because
she is a resident of Trinidad and Tobago, she had to
fly to USA to get implanted. And her trips to USA ran
up a big tab.
   She is the wife of a government official, and so,
much public criticism over such an outlay has been
directed at him!
   Critics are saying because she is a celebrity she is
getting a government pass to get a CI whereas less
fortunate citizens are deprived of these medical privileges.

   We have a number of deaf words. Examples are
Coda and audism. Why aren't these accepted by
dictionary editors?  
   They count the frequency of new words in
newspapers, magazines and on web sites. If the
word count is high, it goes in. If the word
count is low, well, forget it - at least
until next year.
   We, the deaf use these words Coda and audism
pretty much often, but hearing people don't!

   It is always the same old story that hearing actors
are hired to play deaf roles and able-bodied actors hired
to play disabled roles.
   Why? Attitude among casting directors? Possibly, but there
may be other reasons:

- fear of lawsuits in that disabled actors may slow down production

- fear of viewers' discomfort

- very hard to say no to talented non-disabled actors, but
easier to say no to talented deaf and disabled actors 

- limited pool of 600 characters on sitcoms and dramas
on five major TV networks in a season

- unwilling to pay added production expenses - ie hiring

- producers not willing to look at deaf and disabled actors

- 1980's era of deaf & disabled actors on TV is gone forever


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   Bruce MacIsaac wears a hearing aid; he relies on the
hearing aid and his lipreading to catch what is being
   He was attending a public meeting in Prince Edward
Island, Canada regarding a political issue; all public
observers must watch from the rear of the room. He wanted
to move to the front of the room to lipread the speakers 
- but was not permitted to do so.
   He made a big stink out of this incident in the newspapers,
much to the embarrassment of the Prince Edward Island
public officials. 


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

We have plenty of federal guidelines on education of
the deaf; we do not have a single federal guideline
on counseling of the deaf!

(series to continue until it runs out)


having to wear boring plain clothing and always 
wondering why teachers wear bright colors and

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


When talking about the writing speed of captioners, I have 
been asked questions similar to these:  

- If our captioner has more speed and is able to write faster, 
will that eliminate the two-second delay in captioning 
after a word is said?  

- If a captioner is really fast, will we be able to see the 
word immediately as it is said?

Unfortunately, the speed of the captioner has very little to do 
with the delay most people experience in broadcast captioning.  

That is more a function of the technology involved in the 

When you are watching your evening news in one city, the 
captioner may be located across the country in another
city. When the news anchor says a word, that word must travel 
over a phone line across the country so that the captioner can 
then hear the word and write it on his or her steno machine.

After the captioner writes the word, the steno machine sends 
the word to a computer containing software that translates 
that word into English.  That computer then sends that 
translated word via modem over a phone line to the encoder 
back at the television station in your home city, where that 
encoder then merges that word with the video signal being 
broadcast to your TV set. 

The fact that this whole process results in only a couple-second 
delay in seeing the words after they are said still amazes me!  


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I've had many assignments over the years, but I was able to
get two of them through my contacts with past associates.
I've maintained contacts with them even though I've moved
on to other assignments. I just "came back" to my old
contacts and these paid off in new jobs.

(series to continue for a number of weeks)


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Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the 
behavioral health care system.  In many  cases, the patient 
as well as the health care provider who may provide service 
to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of 
accommodations in the health care setting so that all
persons have equal access to health related information.

A new web site called
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard 
of hearing.  

Each month the topics discussed will change.
Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you 
want to learn more about.


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Many older people become deaf; we all assume it is an
unfortunate part of the aging process - but could a
certain gene be the reason? Scientists at University
of Wisconsin is saying that a certain gene is the
culprit. It is called Bak. 


The Deaf and the Law

If you are sitting in the back row and watching a court
session involving someone you know, do not flash the ILY

Someone did, and the angry judge ordered the person
arrested and declared the case a mistrial!


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Honoring the ADA regulations may be a matter of
employer attitude.

A deaf executive in one company lost his job because
the employer was afraid of high interpreter costs
(he was pushed into early retirement with cash
settlement). He never asked for interpreters for
anything - but the corporate officers panicked and
pushed him out.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

good mork (morning), the news is coming up now


What became of?

Paul Swadley

- past

an overachieving student at Lafayette, HS, Williamsburg, VA 
and at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

- present

first deaf president of the National Cued Speech Association; travels
extensively, giving Cued Speech workshops with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Richard Dahill has been rebuffed in his efforts to
become a police officer by the Boston Police Department
because of his hearing impairment. As a result his
attorneys are asking the state Supreme Judicial Court to
rule if Dahill is considered handicapped under state


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   DeafDigest hopes that the two schools for the deaf in
Georgia - Georgia School for the Deaf and the Atlanta
Area Day School for the Deaf were not too seriously
impacted with less funds received to operate school
   This refers to former state School Superintendent Linda
Schrenko, herself not deaf, who has been indicted by a
federal grand jury for stealing over $600,000 in
federal education funds. Part of the funds were
embarked for computer services at both schools.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf teacher of a hearing classroom was not able
to get an interpreter for himself when communicating
with his students. He can get an interpreter, only when
one of his students is deaf!

The school told him he is not entitled to an interpreter
but that the deaf student is entitled to an interpreter!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

The new office that your staff re-located to, turns out to 
have many more restaurants nearby than the old one, and 
does include lunch buffets at less than five bucks per person


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

The deaf patient at the doctor's office thought
the doctor asked:

do you have diarrhea?

what the doctor actually said was:

do you have gonorrhea?

the deaf patient was smart enough to have the
word written down because her diarrhea response 
caused a funny look on the doctor's face, thus 
raising a red lipreading flag

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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

- degree in ASL or Deaf Studies preferred or equivalent experience

- native ASL User or fluency in ASL

- holds ASLTA certification or similar certification preferred

- knowledge of first and second language teaching methods

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

- teach ASL to students in Deaf and public schools

- teach ASL to staff and community members

- teach aspects of Deaf Culture

- develop syllabus, quizzes and exams

- participate in ASL Teachers' Meetings

SALARY: competitive salary schedule commensurating with experience

Kelly Therieau at :

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


position opening
Clinical Therapist
National Deaf Academy
Mt Dora, Florida

National Deaf Academy, a state of the art residential treatment 
facility serving Deaf children, adolescents and adults as well 
as hearing children/adolescents and adults with diagnosis of 
Autism and/or Mental Retardation in a  behavioral health setting, 
has an immediate opening for a Clinical Therapist. 

A Master's degree in counseling, social work and/or a related 
field is required. Must be licensed in Florida or license 

This position requires that the candidate have experience working 
with autistic and special needs populations. Some of our special 
needs residents are hearing with limited verbal repertoire. 
The candidate will be providing:
- Individual, family therapy (group therapy is a possibility)
- Develop programs for the residents (acquisition skills trainings)
- Fluent in American Sign Language required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. 

Send resume to: 
Director of Human Resources, 
National Deaf Academy, 
19650 US Hwy 441, 
Mt. Dora, FL 32757


V: 352-735-9500  Fax 352-735-4939                

(11/15/09 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 
Educational Audiologist    565607       11/19/2009

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

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at  

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:   Website:

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. 



Seeking Applicants For
Assistant Director-Pre College Outreach
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

NTID, one of the eight colleges of RIT, is the first and largest 
technical college serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Nearly 
1,450 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the United States, 
as well as other countries, study and reside at RIT with 16,000 hearing 
students. The department of Admissions at NTID is seeking a Director.  

For a detailed job description please visit: RIT Career Zone at: 

and enter the IRC# or select National Technical Institute for the Deaf 
for College/Division. 

Job Description:
The Assistant Director for Outreach is responsible for providing 
coordination, leadership and support to these activities.  The Assistant 
Director works with the Director of Pre-College Outreach, and the Program 
Assistant for Outreach in carrying out these responsibilities.  The 
Assistant Director has primary responsibility for management of NTID's 
Explore Your Future Program (EYF), which serves 225-275 students annually

Detailed Description:
1. Lead the planning and management of NTID?s Explore Your Future 
Program which provides educational activities to 225-275 students 
annually.  This activity involves the supervision of 40+ professionals 
and 40+ student workers over a 4-6 week period each summer. 

2. Work collaboratively with faculty and staff leaders involved in 
planning and carrying out Outreach activities each year. 

3. Provide project leadership to targeted Pre-College Outreach activities 
as assigned. 

4. Work with the other colleges of RIT to plan for deaf and hard of 
hearing student involvement in their Pre-College Outreach activities as 

5. Work with the Outreach teams to facilitate the planning and 
coordination of activities designed to meet needs of target audiences
6. Work with Outreach teams to evaluate impact of Pre-College 
activities on enrollment pipeline. 

7. Independently plan and travel for the purpose of promoting NTID 
Pre-College Outreach Programs. 

8. Provide periodical performance and data reports as assigned

Job Requirements:
Bachelor degree in Education, Business, Human Service or related field 
required.  Master degree in Education, Business, Human Service or 
related field strongly preferred.

- Experience in working with target Pre-College populations strongly 
- 3-5 years related administrative experience

1. Excellent interpersonal, supervisory, communication and written 
communication skills required. 

2. Proficiency in American Sign Language required. 
3. Strong organization and time management skills required. 

4. Highly flexible and able to work effectively in a team oriented 
and fast-paced environment 

5. Able to function effectively as team member in outcomes-oriented 

6. Ability to make significant independent programmatic judgments and 
decisions as necessary. 

Additional Details:
Review of applicants will begin in December.

Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative 
action employer.  All individuals with the ability to contribute in 
meaningful ways to the university?s continuing commitment to cultural 
diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to make 

The hiring process for this position requires a criminal background check 
and/or motor vehicle records check.  Any verbal or written offer made is 
contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources
Salary commensurate with experience
This position is subject to available funding

Your application information and any relevant documentation such as resume 
and cover letter should be uploaded via this website KEYWORD SEARCH:IRC34613 in order to be considered 
for this position


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 

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  

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

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



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

Full/Part Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled


Special notes:

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